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10 High School Movies We Wish Would Get Reunion Sequels


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The lifespan of a high school movie is pretty short – once the actors age out, it’s off the table. But as Veronica Mars demonstrates, bringing them back for a reunion can work. Here are 10 school flicks that should get grown-up follow-ups.

10. Dazed and Confused

Although Richard Linklater is making a “spiritual sequel” to his 70s high school flashback flick, it doesn’t feature the same characters. We’d love to see how they handled the 80s and beyond.

9. Friday Night Lights

You know most of the team stayed in Odessa after they graduated, and their 20 year reunion probably saw at least a few with kids on the Panthers squad.

8. Brick

Rian Johnson’s high school noir created such a compellingly dark world that we can’t help but wonder what happened to the kids that survived.

7. Clueless

This mid-90s classic has a happy ending with Cher and Josh getting together, but did their romance last? Find out at the reunion.

6. Donnie Darko

Time paradoxes abound in this cult classic, and although it got a sequel (the much-maligned S. Darko), revisiting this world a decade later would be fascinating.

5. Fame

The 1980 version, not the remake. Some probably became stars, but others probably crashed and burned, making for a dramatic reunion.

4. Class of Nuke ‘Em High

Twenty years after the radiation-fueled tragedy at New Jersey’s Tromaville High, what became of our weed-mutated classmates?

3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

You know you’re curious about what happened to Jeff Spicoli in the intervening decades, not to mention the rest of the Ridgemont High gang.

2. Napoleon Dynamite

There are just so many different directions Napoleon going to his high school reunion could go – it’s a can’t-miss concept.

1. The Breakfast Club

There has been talk of a sequel to this genre-defining John Hughes flick for decades, but none ever materialized.

Watch the trailer for Jack Black’s upcoming high school reunion flick The D Train (in theaters May 8). Also, catch him on Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday 11p.

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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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