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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 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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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

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Comfy Clothes

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

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Dream Of The ’90s

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No You Go

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A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

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Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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