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10 Hollywood Ripoffs That Are Awesome Anyway


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With its penchant for endless sequels, prequels, and remakes, Hollywood is far from the most original place in the world. But sometimes this aggressive copying can lead to movies that accidentally develop their own identity amidst all the ripping off. Here are just ten of probably a million possible examples.

1. Go

Movie it Ripped-Off: Pulp Fiction
Go may not have a ton in common with Pulp Fiction when it comes to tone or plot, but its non-chronological storytelling, its pitch black humor, and it’s tendency to have characters display their quirkiness via forced pop culture references were all lifts from Quentin Tarantino’s now classic 1994 film. Luckily, it’s all for the greater good as Go offers a comedy blast from beginning to end.

2. PCU

Movie it Ripped-Off: Animal House
Every generation needs its slobs vs. snobs college movie, and ’90s kids got theirs with PCU, a film that steals so liberally from John Landis’ Animal House that it sometimes feels like an unconnected DTV sequel, like the fourth or fifth American Pie movie. Thanks to some funny performances and heaping doses of good, old fashioned nostalgia, PCU has become a minor cult classic in its own right.

3. The Fast and the Furious

Movie it Ripped-Off: Point Break
Two dudes. One’s an undercover cop. One’s a criminal. They are united by love for an extreme sport. A bromance blossoms. But duty demands that the cop betray the outlaw. Will he do it? You have to watch both Point Break or The Fast and the Furious to find out.

4. Torque

Movie it Ripped-Off: The Fast and the Furious
What goes around comes around. When you actually sit down and watch Torque, it becomes clear that director Joseph Kahn does not so much rip-off The Fast and the Furious, but parodies it. To outsiders, however, it looks like just another F&F film, albeit this time with motorcycles and Ice Cube.

5. Gamera

Movie it Ripped-Off: Godzilla
The success of Godzilla brought forth a whole industry of copycats and imitators. The best and most successful of the bunch was Gamera. This giant monster turtle somehow managed to be both more kid friendly and more violent than Godzilla, giving his films enough character to stand out on their own.

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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

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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

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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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