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Jennifer Jason Leigh’s 5 Funniest Movies

Catch Jennifer Jason Leigh at the 2016 Spirit Awards live this Saturday, Feb. 27th, at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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Between her darkly funny turn in Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight and her Spirit Award-nominated role in the stop motion drama Anomalisa, Jennifer Jason Leigh is having quite a year. But anyone who has followed her career knows that she’s equally adept at both drama and comedy. Take a look at Jennifer’s five funniest movies below, and be sure to catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live this Saturday, Feb. 27th, starting at 5P ET/2P PT to see if she takes home an award. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area. You can also stream the ceremony live this Saturday with an authenticated IFC.com account.)

5. Easy Money

After making her feature film debut in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Leigh followed up the success of that comedy classic by playing the virginal “guidette” Ophelia to Taylor Negron’s hilarious Romeo, or Julio, in the Rodney Dangerfield comedy Easy Money. Leigh’s thick Staten Island accent enabled her to fit right in as a daughter to Rodney’s loveable schlub, and her scenes with Taylor Negron are still funny. (You might remember Negron as the pizza delivery guy who brought a pie to Spicoli in Fast Times.)


4. The Anniversary Party

Leigh and Alan Cumming both starred in and codirected this look at a dysfunctional couple (even by Hollywood standards) who throw a party for their friends to celebrate their on-again, off-again relationship. Leigh proves that she is a triple threat in this film as she brings out the emotion and humor in her aging actress character. There’s also pathos and humor in the reunion of Fast Times pals Leigh and Phoebe Cates, particularly in a brilliantly raw scene where Leigh’s Sally admits to being a “possessive, fragile neurotic” and Cates’ Sophia laments how having children robs you of the chance to commit suicide.


3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Leigh’s feature film breakthrough was the teen sex comedy classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In one memorable scene, she not only learns the proper way to eat a carrot, but the importance of a headband in cultivating the Pat Benatar look. Despite the fact that she was foolish enough to hook up with ticket scalper/philosopher Mike Damone before finding love with Mike “Ratt” Ratner, Leigh’s Stacy was the ultimate “girl next door.” If Jeff Spicoli had watched Leigh’s performance in The Hateful Eight, he’d surely say “Alright Hamilton!”


2. Miami Blues

The same year that Pretty Woman made Julia Roberts a star, Jennifer Jason Leigh played a much more realistic hooker with a heart of gold in the underrated action comedy Miami Blues. Leigh disappeared into the short haircut and Floridian accent she used to turn into Susie, the hooker who takes classes at Miami Dade and falls pretty easily for Alec Baldwin’s dangerous psycho posing as a police officer. Jennifer Jason Leigh goes head-to-head with Baldwin in full-on nutso mode, easily earning the film its cult status.


1. The Hudsucker Proxy

The Hudsucker Proxy‘s title refers to Tim Robbins’ dimwitted “aw shucks” simpleton, who is made the scapegoat CEO for the Hudsucker corporation, only to go on and invent the hula hoop. (“You know, for the kids!”). Ms. Leigh beat out Winona Ryder and Bridget Fonda for the role and captured the rapid fire, screwball comedy delivery of old-school Hollywood actresses like Katherine Hepburn and Rosalind Russell. This Coen brothers’ film has developed a cult following over time, in no small part thanks to Leigh’s perfect portrayal of the “fast talking career gal who’s just one of the boys.”

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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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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