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“Spanking The Monkey” And Other Movies Not To Watch With Your Mom

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Tonight at 12:15 p.m. ET we are showing the brilliantly twisted or, shall we say, slightly off, comedy “Spanking the Monkey”. Directed by David O. Russell and starring Jeremy Davies (of “Lost” and “Justified” fame) the movie tells the tale of a very close relationship between an invalid mother and her son who is home from college to help while she recuperates. Locked in the house things take a turn for the uncomfortable that has the audience squirming. Woe be the child watching this movie with mom and dad. This got us thinking about those films that take a normal night at the movies and elevates it to traumatizing by virtue of being viewed in front of your parents, or worse, grandparents. Here is a list of movies to avoid watching when home for the holidays:

First up, “Spanking the Monkey” (dir. David O. Russell):

“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (dir. Nicholas Stoller): We love our patron saint Judd Apatow, but would we want to sit next to our parents while watching full frontal Jason Segel? No we would not.

“Happiness” (dir. Todd Solondz): With a name like “Happiness” how could this not be a sweet family film? In short, it’s not. Ranging from divorce to misery to sexual abuse to budding sexuality this black comedy is a brilliant film that should be watched a minimum of two states away from your parents:

“Borat” (dir. Larry Charles): A Khazakstani film about life in America? Sounds like a funny way to spend an afternoon with the ‘rents, right? All depends on how funny they find naked male wrestling:

“Jerry Maguire” (dir. Cameron Crowe): You think it’s a nice movie about a sports agent perfect for a Sunday afternoon with your dad …and then comes a 15 minute sex scene. You’ve been warned.

“Black Swan” (dir. Darren Aronofsky): Thinking about taking your mom to see an Oscar-winning film starring that nice Natalie Portman? Think again. From severe mommy issues to NSFW scenes, this movie will have you squirming in your seat for more reasons than just the dramatic tension if you’re sitting next to mom.

“Kids” (dir. Larry Clark): What could sound more family friendly than a movie called “Kids”? The title makes it seem like a lesser known Pixar production perfect for family movie night. The story of these city kids will fill your parents’ hearts with horror and make them start questioning what you did during that last year of high school and demand to know when you took your last HIV test.

“Eyes Wide Shut” (dir. Stanley Kubrick): There is no good reason you would ever stumble into this movie with your parents. It’s Kubrick for crying out loud! Not exactly known for his family friendly fare, but maybe you walked in the wrong theater or the wrong disc came from Netflix and you decide to go for it? Don’t. Grandma will cut you out of the will if you show her anonymous, culty sex scenes.

“Spanking the Monkey” airs on IFC at 12:15 a.m. ET

Photo via Creative Commons by daveynin. Thanks!


Final Countdown

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


Rev Up

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.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…