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10 Funniest Road Trip Movies

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There’s nothing more American than baseball and apple pie, but a close third has to be the road trip. We’ve all been there…crammed into the back of some godforsaken station wagon, driving endless hours in a smell best not identified, you’re only escape a filthy gas station bathroom or the world’s biggest ball of yarn. In honor of IFC’s Comedy Road Tour, which kicks off on April 20th at Moontower Comedy Fest, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best road trip comedies ever made. Trust us, they’re a heck of a lot funnier than dad’s corny road sign jokes.

10. Road Trip

Dreamworks Pictures

An obvious choice (it’s right there in the title), but while Road Trip may not be winning any awards, it did help revive the teen comedy genre for a raunchier age. Todd Phillips even promised that Amy Smart’s topless scene would make her the Phoebe Cates of her generation. Not sure that happened, but you have to admire a man for trying.


9. Dumb & Dumber

New Line Cinema

Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world? Well, you should watch this road trip comedy about two imbeciles following the dumbest plan for a shot at something that will never happen. Jim Carrey went from star to comedy sensation here, with his third blockbuster in a row, defining an era of movie comedy and inspiring some forgettable sequels.


8. Sideways

Fox Searchlight Pictures

You should never drink and drive, but let’s be honest, there’s nothing wrong with driving to a drink. That’s the idea Miles and Jack had in this Oscar-winning comedy, about two middle-aged men in search of meaning on a wine-soaked road trip. Lessons learned include live each day like it’s your last and that merlot is basically toilet water.


7. Midnight Run

Universal Pictures

Sometimes the best trips are the ones with a little spontaneity. There you are, comfortable in your life, and then a friend (or, let’s say, bounty hunter) shows up, and suggests you handcuff yourselves together and get out of town. This 1988 cult comedy classic, about a mob accountant being curried across the country, proved Robert De Niro was a natural at comedy decades before he met any Fockers.


6. Beavis and Butt-head Do America

MTV Productions

Their 1996 big screen outing found Beavis and Butt-head hitting the road in search of their stolen TV and encountering everyone from Bruce Willis to a roadie who sounds suspiciously like David Letterman (and might also be their dad) along the way. Sometimes the open road is the only place to find TP for your bunghole.


5. The Blues Brothers

Universal Pictures

They were on a mission from God. “Joliet” Jake Blues and Elwood Blues needed $5000 dollars to save the orphanage they grew up in, and that meant one thing. Getting the band back together. What do you do when it’s 106 miles to Chicago, you’ve got a full tank, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and you’re wearing sunglasses? What do you think? You hit it.


4. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Warner Bros.

I know you’re a Pee-Wee fan, but what am I? Well, I’m a fan too! The dapper nerd in the red bowtie may be back in his Netflix movie Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, but it all started with this big adventure. Pee-Wee refused to sell his beloved bicycle, even for “a hundred million, trillion, billion dollars,” so when it was stolen, he was forced to strike out in search of it. Insanity ensues in this one-of-a-kind classic, which launched star Paul Reubens and director Tim Burton’s careers, and introduced America to its favorite man-child. And remember, if you get a chance to give it a watch one more time, tell ’em Large Marge sent ya.


3. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Paramount Pictures

If you take anything away from this movie, it’s that you should never stick your hand between two pillows. Ever. For any reason. Steve Martin plays the human hand-warmer whose trip to get home for Thanksgiving is ruined by loudmouth-with-a-heart-of-gold John Candy in this comedy that has become a holiday staple.


2. Borat

20th Century Fox

In November of 2006, Sacha Baron Cohen announced to the world that he was done playing by the rules. Borat was a cultural phenomenon, inspiring more bad impressions that an Austin Powers screening at a frat party. By taking his befuddled foreigner character into the real world, Cohen helped expose the underside of America, while also creating one of most genuinely laugh-out-loud comedies in years.


1. National Lampoon’s Vacation

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures

The movie that defines the genre, Vacation is the ultimate send-up of every road trip your family made you go on as a kid. Chevy Chase plays dorky dad Clark Griswold to perfection, as a patriarch who loves his family, if only they’d stop being so darn annoying. One of the great comedies of the ’80s, an era filled with great comedies, this movie will make you want to take the ol’ station wagon out for a spin. Just make sure there aren’t any dogs tied to the bumper.

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Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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