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5 Catherine Keener Characters To Put A Ring On

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When most people think of the characters Catherine Keener has played over the years, the over-arching characteristic would be “kinda bitchy.” Okay, maybe more than “kinda”. From “Being John Malkovich” to “Your Friends & Neighbors” to “Lovely & Amazing” to “Friends With Money”, Catherine Keener has shown the many faces of a strong willed, selfish, ambitious, unkind, and, perhaps, narcissistic woman.

But then there are some characters that are actually quite sweet. Way back in 1992, Keener appeared in a “Seinfeld” episode as Jerry’s artist girlfriend. Yes, the who painted that infamous Kramer portrait. Wouldn’t you want to hang out with that girl? Or how about Sally Jackson in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”. Good enough for Poseidon, good enough for you, I say. But which Catherine Keener characters are good enough to marry? To the list!

The Five Catherine Keener Characters To Put A Ring On:

5. Being the ersatz step-mother is never easy, but walking into the tightly-knit relationship between Jack (Daniel Day Lewis) and Rose (Camilla Belle) is a serious challenge. Keener’s Kathleen in The Ballad of Jack and Rose is very good at balancing the needs of her sons, her step-daughter, and herself. She also knows when to get the heck off the island.

4. Hard-nosed, pragmatic, and good for a left hook when necessary, Keener’s Nora Wells in Death to Smoochy comes in strong at number four.

3. While some here at IFC (*cough* Will Weinand *cough*) are deeply troubled that Catherine’s character, Trish, suggests Steve Carell grow up and throw out all his highly collectible toys, we still thing the love interest from The 40 Year Old Virgin is worth putting a ring on. Even if the inevitable anger over selling still-in-the-package “Star Wars” memorabilia will some day overtake the relationship and require time on a couples therapist’s couch.

2. In Into The Wild, Catherine Keener’s character, Jan Burress, is simply sweet. She doesn’t judge Chris for being out on his own, she just wants to make sure he is being safe and that his parents aren’t worried. Awwwww.

And what is the number one most lovable character Catherine Keener has played?

1. Connie, the mom in Where The Wild Things Are, of course. As a single mom struggling to make it on her own, she manages to raise smart, ultimately kind, and very creative children. She is there for her son, ready to forgive and welcome. Not only is that admirable, but it’s definitely marriage material.

The Ballad of Jack and Rose airs on IFC at Thursday, Dec. 9 at 5:15 PM ET and Saturday, Dec. 18 at 10:00 AM ET and at 5:00 PM EDT

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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

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Cancel it!

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

Forgotten America

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

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