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Take a Hazy Tour of the 8 Biggest Drinking Binges in Movies


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Having a drink or two won’t do you no harm, they say, but if you indulge to the extent of these movie protagonists you’ll end up a lot worse for wear. Let’s take a hazy tour through the biggest cinematic drinking binges.

8. The World’s End

Simon Pegg’s apocalypse flick features a group of blokes who have to down a pint in each of a dozen pubs in a single night.

7. Husbands

John Cassavetes’ 1970 flick follows a trio of friends on a two-day binge in New York as they mourn the passing of a friend.

6. Beerfest

This whole flick is one big drinking binge, as a pair of brothers head to Germany to compete in a boozing competition.

5. Leaving Las Vegas

Nicolas Cage is terrifyingly believable as a screenwriter who travels to Sin City in order to drink himself to death.

4. Animal House

This collegiate classic is beer-soaked from beginning to end, but the toga party is a classic binge.

3. Withnail & I

If you haven’t seen this British cult favorite, track it down – it features Richard E. Grant as one of cinema’s most charming alcoholics.

2. The Hangover

Even though you only see it in flashback, the orgy of alcohol that kicks off The Hangover must be respected.

1. The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp’s second turn as Hunter S. Thompson is powered by high-proof alcohol instead of psychedelics (at least at first), but he’s still a glorious mess.

Catch The Rum Diary on IFC tonight at 8p:

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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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