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Five Reasons to Watch “Beautiful Girls” Tonight


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Head to a high school reunion tonight. Don’t worry, it’s not yours! In “Beautiful Girls,”Willie Conway (Timothy Hutton) heads to his small snowy New England town for a high school reunion bringing with him a whole host of emotional turmoil, decisions to be made, and memories. His arrival (and the reunion) bring together a diverse band of former classmates who are all struggling at their own crossroads in life. It’s a sweet, thoughtful film with a few laugh-out-loud moments and enough Uma Thurman to keep everyone interested. If that’s not enough for you, here are five other reasons to watch “Beautiful Girls” at 8 p.m. ET tonight:

1. Matt Dillon

As Tommy the former high school hockey star turned head snow plower, Dillon delivers as a man ashamed that he never rose to his full potential in life. He has never let go of his youthful glory days to the extent that he is still having an affair with his old high school girlfriend (Lauren Holly), despite the fact that she’s married and he is in a relationship with Mira Sorvino’s character.

2. Martha Plimpton

Plimpton plays Jan, who dumps her boyfriend Paul (Michael Rapaport) for his inability to get rid of the centerfolds lining his garage. She’s also a vegetarian,  dating a meatcutter which irritates Paul to no end.

3. Natalie Portman

Portman makes another notch in her “inappropriate crush” belt with her portrayal of Marty, a 13-year old next door neighbor who is a self-described “old soul.” Just because she’s old on the inside doesn’t mean it’s not creepy when she’s putting the moves on Timothy Hutton.

4. The Afghan Whigs

The band has a cameo in the movie because  Greg Dulli, the band’s lead singer, was close friends with the film’s director Ted Demme. There are few reasons to post an Afghan Whigs video on the site, so we’re seizing the opportunity:

5. Rosie O’Donnell

As Gina, the hair stylist with the mostest, O’Donnell plays a fast-talking smartypants who has no qualms about  spouting pearls of wisdom at the men and women in her life. Her poignant rant against how magazines present unrealistic images of women is one of the film’s highlights.

*Bonus Reason* It’s better than going to your own high school reunion

“Beautiful Girls” airs tonight at 8 p.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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