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World’s Greatest Dad

World’s Greatest Dad (photo)

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I like dark comedies because they are more honest than their average brethren – the good ones anyway. It’s a broad category but it seems we can add Bobcat Goldthwait’s “World’s Greatest Dad” to a list that includes films like “Heathers,” “Ghost World,” every other film the Cohen Brothers make, even the likes of “Dr. Strangelove.”

(Bobcat Goldthwait and Robin Williams. WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.)

Robin Williams stars as high school poetry teacher, Lance Clayton, who’s nightmare of a teenage son tragically provides him with the opportunity he’s waited for all his life. Of course it comes at a great cost. You’ll notice a shit load of Bruce Hornsby playing. Dad likes the Steinway piano, easy listening tunes and the son despises them with no shortage of vitriolic hate speech.

Here’s the full track list:

“Invisible” by Bruce Hornsby
“Sneaking Up On Boo Radley” by Bruce Hornsby
“Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t My Baby” by Bruce Hornsby
“It’s a Good Day” by Peggy Lee
“Song C” by Bruce Hornsby
“The Creeper, (High)” by Tom Kenny, Darius Holbert, Jerry Brunskill, Ryan Rees, and Andy Paley
“Don’t Be Afraid, You’re Already Dead” by Akron / Family
“I Hope I Become A Ghost” by The Deadly Syndrome
“Shadow Hand” by Bruce Hornsby
“Genius” by Inara George
“Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby
“Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie
“Tiny Spark” by Brendan Benson

Music supe Linda Cohen (“Be Kind Rewind,” “There Will Be Blood”) takes the credit there. I chatted with her not long ago, and you can check out a list of her favorite work anecdotes here.

Gerald “Jerry” Brunskill composes (and plays on “The Creeper, (High)”). At 21, he took home the one-hundred-thousand dollar grand prize on “Star Search,” and his post-production facility, Wow and Flutter, is also credited in the film. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more of him in feature films.

Also, dig this hilarious interview with Bobcat by IFC’s Aaron Hillis.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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