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Hush Up! The 10 Best Silent Partners in Movies

JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, 2001

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Silence is golden, they say, and the ten characters in this list demonstrate that you can do a lot by keeping your mouth shut.

10. Oddjob

Auric Goldfinger’s squat, powerful henchman doesn’t utter a single word in the James Bond flick named after his boss.

9. The Sphinx

As played by football thug Vinnie Jones, the massive Sphinx in Gone In Sixty Seconds was quiet except for a remarkably eloquent speech at movie’s end.

8. Colby

Lee Van Cleef could exude menace without saying a single word, as he does in his turn as Jack Colby in High Noon.

7. Kazuo Kiriyama

Battle Royale paved the way for the deluge of teens-killing-teens movies we now swim in, and the silent psychopath Kiriyama was one of the deadliest.

6. Lurch

The Addams Family’s butler talked in the TV show, but his movie incarnation was rendered incapable of speech.

5. Non

The hulking muscleman of the evil Kryptonian trio in Superman II is the very definition of the strong, silent type.

4. Snake Eyes

This masked ninja member of G.I. Joe took a vow of silence after his master was killed, adding to his badass mystique.

3. Jaws

Another Bond villain? Why not. The metal-mouthed monster from The Spy Who Loved Me obviously didn’t talk due to his dental issues.

2. The Chief

As played by Will Sampson, the silent Native American is one of the most iconic figures in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’s psych ward.

1. Silent Bob

As played by director Kevin Smith, Bob does occasionally break his silence to deliver a salient point or an epic monologue.

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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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