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You Gotta Fight For Your Right: ‘Larry Flynt: The Right To Be Left Alone’

You Gotta Fight For Your Right: ‘Larry Flynt: The Right To Be Left Alone’ (photo)

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When the Founding Fathers of this great land of ours rolled out of bed in the morning, powdered their wigs, beat a few colonials, and started crafting the Bill of Rights it seems unlikely they were thinking of the inalienable right to peddle smut. Yet with a hat tip to George Washington, that is exactly what Hustler founder Larry Flynt has been doing for years. His life’s mission–to make and sell dirty magazines–has embroiled him in seemingly endless battles to expand the first amendment to include Hustler. But what Larry Flynt really wants is the right to be left alone.

In the 2007 film Larry Flynt: The Right to be Left Alone, Joan Brooker-Marks documents Mr. Flynt’s struggles to be free from the constraints of so-called big government. His fight is shown via rarely seen television footage, news reels, and in-depth interviews with Mr. Flynt himself. The filmmaker follows Flynt’s battles from his no-holds-barred war against President George W. Bust to the Supreme Court case against now-disgraced preacher Jerry Falwall to Flynt’s own time on the moral high ground spent in jail for refusing to name a source. It is an eye-opening look at a pornographer who in many ways is driving the American conversation on the constitutional rights we hold dear.

Who knows, maybe the Founding Fathers would be proud of Larry Flynt’s one-man drive to expand the First Amendment. Especially that Benjamin Franklin. He was a feisty one. Besides, the rest are busy on FourSquare.

‘Larry Flynt: The Right To Be Left Alone’ airs on IFC at 1 a.m. ET

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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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