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Jack Black Rocked Even Way Back In This 1987 Student Film

Jack Black Student Film

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When it comes to the flame-spewing, lightning-shooting runaway train that is Jack Black, you come to expect a few things: contorted facial expressions, top-of-the-lungs crooning, zero inhibitions, and tons of kinetic energy. And while you might’ve thought those high octane performance traits came about when he co-formed Tenacious D or during his earlier film work like High Fidelity or Orange County, a student film recently unveiled by HitFix proves Jack Black was Jack Black even way back in 1987.

Shot by Black’s classmate Brett Morgen — who also directed the recent Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck — the high school project Too Far From Norm is about as punk rock as the film about Nirvana’s frontman. Bedecked in an anarchy t-shirt, a baby-faced Jack Black shoots his teacher during a lesson on postmodernism and belts out a tune in a dark alley with the flailing fury of GG Allin. (Is it us, or does young Jack Black kind of look like Dexter?)

So if you’re in a place where NSFW violence and profanity are tolerated, check out a young, frantic Jack Black in this short film below. And be sure to catch an older, but just as animated, Jack Black in High Fidelity airing on IFC on Friday, May 15 at 1:45 P.M.

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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