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“American Reunion” teaser makes us feel nostalgic, incredibly old

“American Reunion” teaser makes us feel nostalgic, incredibly old (photo)

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“American Pie” came out the year after I graduated from high school, and it’s tale of awkward, horny virgins who have no idea how to relate to women was basically my life story on film, plus an awkward masturbatory pie incident something I could not relate to in any way whatsoever but still found very entertaining. Both sequels, “American Pie 2” and “American Wedding” were satisfying diversions, if not quite as earth-shatteringly honest and funny about 90s teen life as the original. Then came a decade of straight-to-video cash-in sequels with none of the original cast except Eugene Levy as Jim’s Dad, still hanging around teenagers for some reason even though Jim himself had split years earlier. And while some of those DTV titles aren’t horrible (some; notice I said some) they never even came close to approximating the pleasure of the true “American Pie”s because they only replicated the crazy sexual antics and not the special chemistry between the characters.

Which is why it’s kind of fun to see those characters back in “American Reunion,” written and directed by “Harold and Kumar” architects Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, which debuted a cute teaser trailer on the web this week. The premise is simple but brilliant: its the gang from East Great Falls High School’s ten year reunion. Thus there’s no need to bend over backwards trying to invent some clever way to bring together all two hundred and fifty-two characters (approximate) from “American Pie,” the reunion does all the work for you. And sure enough, basically everyone’s coming back, including actors like Tara Reid and Chris Klein who didn’t even show up for “American Wedding.” They’ve even found room for the charming minor characters like Chris Owen’s Chuck Sherman a.k.a. “The Sherminator,” a guy whose nerdiness and love of impersonating Arnold Schwarzenegger characters hit an uncomfortably close chord with me at age 18 is really silly and absurd and in no way relatable, but still amusing to watch.

Here is the teaser:

Obviously, we don’t see much (or any) actual footage from the movie, or even the entire cast. So I’m left with a lot of questions: where’s “Mad Men”‘s January Jones, who played Stifler’s unlikely love interest in “American Wedding?” Will any of Stiffler’s younger brothers, cousins, half-cousins, and gardeners who anchored all those DTV sequels show up? Has Nadia’s handle on the English language improved and will that make her less sexy as a result? Will John Cho — a.k.a. “MILF Guy #2” — still be obsessed with MILFs even though he’s now old enough to be a FILF himself? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out when the film opens on April 6 next year.

Do you want to see one more “American Pie?” Does the mere thought of one wrack you with crippling terror about your own mortality? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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 IFC.com

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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.

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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…