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10 Worst Fast Food Jobs in Movies


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The cinema uses “fast food job” as handy shorthand for “demeaning, unpleasant hellscape of greasy teenagers.” In this list, we’ll spotlight ten of the most nightmarish fast food workplaces in film.

10. Good Burger

The rival chain in 1997’s Good Burger, Mondo Burger, was an awful hive of unscrupulous villainy and secret sauce stealing.

9. Pootie Tang

When the wicked Dick Lecter takes Pootie Tang’s name to hawk his disgusting, unhealthy burgers, it’s a crime against humanity.

8. Better Off Dead

This surreal teen comedy makes John Cusack work at Pig Burger, a workplace so bizarre it inspired a Claymation hallucination.

7. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Sorry, Burger Shack. You’re no White Castle. Even the employees admit it.

6. Office Space

Fictional TGI Friday’s-esque eatery Chotchkies might be a little more upscale than the other eateries on this list, but any place that forces the flair needs to be closed down.

5. Clerks II

When Randall and the gang have to get a job at Mooby’s, we learn that minimum wage is even worse in your 30s.

4. UHF

The owner and namesake of Big Edna’s Burger World is the kind of boss who will throw you across the parking lot for burning a basket of fries.

3. Sex Drive

The mall kiosk is the saddest form of fast food, especially when you have to wear a giant donut outfit and get tormented by mall punks.

2. Poultrygeist

How to make a fast food job worse? Build the restaurant over an ancient Indian burial ground, as in this schlocky horror comedy.

1. Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Any fast food job where you have to wear a costume is automatically awful, and when Brad Hamilton is made to deliver fish & chips in pirate gear, it breaks his poor teenage spirit.

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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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