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Ten Offbeat Comedy Moments from Wes Anderson Movies


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6. “The Royal Tenenbaums” – Reckless Royal

How irresponsible is Royal Tenenbaum? When he gets a chance to actually spend some time with his grandchildren over the objections of his resentful son Chas (Ben Stiller), these are the kinds of shenanigans he pulls with them. Vandalism and skullduggery. 

7. “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” – Steve vs. Pirates

Bill Murray takes center stage and the title role in Anderson’s 2004 tale about a Jacques-Cousteau-esque professional sea explorer having a mid-life crisis in the wake of his best friend being eaten by a mysterious “jaguar shark.” We’d seen Murray be funny and moody before this film, but one thing we hadn’t really seen him do was be a badass, which happens in the midst of a tense pirate siege of their boat, and it’s hilariously cathartic. 

8. “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou” – Rescuing the Bond Company Stooge

The laconic badassery doesn’t stop at driving off the pirates, though – no, siree, Bob.  It seems the bond company stooge they never wanted on board has been abducted by those ne’er-do-wells, and it’s up to the remaining crew of the Belafonte to launch a raid to rescue the guy. Willem Dafoe’s Klaus has an emotional flare-up that almost derails the adventure, and when things go bust, Steve has one of his own with his maybe-maybe-not son Ned (Owen Wilson). Then it suddenly turns out that things haven’t gone as bust as they thought when they find the pirates also have Steve’s romantic rival hostage (Jeff Goldblum).   

9. “The Darjeeling Limited” – The Brothers Fight

In this 2007 effort, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman play brothers who haven’t spoken in the year since their father died, but who have come together to journey across India by train to try and find their runaway mother (Anjelica Huston).  The controlling Francis (Wilson) also wants them to have an emotional bonding experience, which the other two resist in their own ways while dealing with their relationship issues. The tension between the three of them finally boils over into a full-fledged fight that involves repeated use of mace. 

10. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” – Cuss

Anderson’s acclaimed foray into stop-motion animation in 2009 gave us George Clooney and Meryl Streep voicing a married fox couple trying to make a better life for their families, despite the warnings of their lawyer Badger (Bill Murray) about the dangers of their impending move to an unwelcoming farm land.  Here, Fox and Badger find their argument getting a mite heated. 

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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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