Welcome to April! It’s a new month filled with fools, sudden rainstorms, pollen, and all sorts of other great reasons never to leave the house. We are here to help you fill the hours until all the April fools and April showers are long gone.
Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:
At 10/9c, Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial novel about the sexual, emotional, and chemical interactions of a group of wealthy and amoral college students is brought to the screen in “The Rules of Attraction.” The film stars James Van Der Beek as a student who is attracted to Lauren Hynde (Shannyn Sossamon), who is infatuated with Victor (Kip Pardue), as is Lara (Jessica Biel), who used to date affected snob Paul Denton (Ian Somerhalder). It’s a bizarre love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate. Make a Venn Diagram while you watch!
You’ll be singing Tuesday’s praises from the mountain tops (or cracking the weekend’s pony keg early) when you find out that we’re showing Mel Brooks’ “History of the World Part One” at 8/7c. Mel Brooks produced, directed, wrote, and starred in this episodic comedy that feels like the reincarnated spirit of Monty Python. Go ahead and sing along to the Spanish Inquisition, we won’t judge.
“Don’t u get it?! I don’t want to be the chosen one I don’t wanna spend my life chasing vampires,all I wanna do is graduate high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater and die then you come along and tell me I’m a member of the hairy mole club so you could throw things at me?!!” That’s right, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” starts at 10/9 c, so you’re going to want to start practicing your Peewee Herman death scene reenactments early.
“Those aren’t pillows!” Those infamous lines cement our love of John Hughes’ “Planes, Trains, & Automobiles.” Starring Steve Martin as Neal, an easily annoyed businessman who is en route to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, who finds his first-class plane ticket has been demoted to coach, and he must share his flight with obnoxious salesman Del Griffith (John Candy). Things only go downhill from there for Neal, but uphill for anyone who loves a good snob-to-slob comedy a.k.a. everyone who is not dead inside. Tune in at 10 p.m. ET.
Drugs! Porn! Strippers! Dead people! Beauty pageants! “Little Miss Sunshine” has something for everyone. When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams. The road trip starts at 8/7 c.
Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) is a very ordinary man who is having a truly unusual day — after discovering that one of his best friends, Ford Prefect (Mos Def), is actually an alien, Ford tells him that the planet Earth is going to be destroyed so that otherworldly forces can make room for construction of a hyperspace bypass. Since Arthur accidentally saved Ford’s life years ago, Ford does him a favor — he first gets him a ride on a spaceship passing by, and then presents him with a guidebook, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” that will tell a beginner everything he needs to know as he hitchhikes through outer space. It starts at 10/9c
Sunday is “Freaks and Geeks” day. The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. ET a.k.a. when you might roll out of bed.