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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Let’s Go to Prison

LET’S GO TO PRISON, Dax Shepard, Will Arnett, 2006. ©Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

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Enjoy the Dax Shepard, Will Arnett comedy on a whole new level thanks to these 15 little-known facts.

1. A Survivor, superhero, and soul singer are among the famous faces in the film’s opening sequence.

The mugshots and legal footage shown in the beginning montage include celebrities Lil Kim, Tim Allen, Robert Downey Jr., Suge Knight, Ozzy Osbourne, Bobby Brown, Charles Manson, James Brown, Steve-O, Tommy Lee, Martha Stewart, John Gotti, Mike Tyson, Richard Hatch from Survivor, and Heidi Fleiss.


2. Fittingly, Let’s Go to Prison was directed by a man who has played both a lawyer and cop on TV.

Let’s Go to Prison is the second theatrically released film directed by Bob Odenkirk, better know as Saul Goodman from the TV series Breaking Bad. Odenkirk also recently played Sheriff Bill Oswalt in the TV adaptation of Fargo.


3. The movie’s writers also boast résumés filled with fictional law-enforcement roles.

Co-writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant both starred in and created the show Reno 911!, a mockumentary about police officers that aired on Comedy Central from 2003-2009.


4. The movie is based on a real-life manual for adjusting to life behind bars.

Jim Hogshire’s 1994 non-fiction book You Are Going to Prison, which offers advice to first-time prisoners, inspired the film.


5. Let’s Go to Prison was the first film released by the production company behind The Cosby Show.

Previously, the Carsey-Werner Company was well known for such comedy heavy-hitters as The Cosby Show, Roseanne, and 3rd Rock from the Sun. Their second release was also a film by Odenkirk called The Brothers Solomon, which came out in 2007.


6. The movie was filmed inside a real prison.

Rossmore State Penitentiary is actually the Joliet Correctional Center in Joliet, Illinois, which closed down as a functioning prison in 2002. The Joliet Correction Center can also be seen in The Blues Brothers and the first season of Prison Break.


7. The song the characters sing at the end of the movie is “Move This” by Technotronic.

It was released in 1992 and peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts.

8. Despite its 2006 release, the movie is set sometime before 2005.

The can of Fresca, Nelson’s beloved soda, used in the film features an out-of-date design. The brand was given a complete redesign in 2005, meaning Let’s Go to Prison takes place sometime before then.


9. An eventual Oscar nominee plays a bit role.

Michael Shannon plays the leader of the prison’s white supremacists group.


10. Dax Shepard can thank Ashton Kutcher for snagging the lead.

Shepard was cast because of his appearances on Kutcher’s prank show Punk’d.


11. A Sunday morning comics staple makes a cameo.

The card that Nelson receives from the white supremacists features the long-running comic strip character Ziggy.


12. Barry and Nelson listen to “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione in Barry’s prison cell.

The song, from Mangione’s 1977 jazz album of the same name, was referenced frequently on the Fox animated comedy King of the Hill, on which Mangione regularly played himself.


13. Bob Odenkirk wanted White Stripes drummer Meg White to score the film.

But the studio removed her drums-only soundtrack against Odenkirk’s wishes.


14. Guitarist Ray Parker Jr. plays on the film’s soundtrack.

Parker rose to fame after writing and performing the Ghostbusters theme song in 1984.


15. The film has an alternate ending.

In it, John, who is about to be sent back to prison, calls Nelson from Tijuana to ask him to post his bail. Nelson hangs up in order to live happily ever after with Barry in their mansion together.

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…