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9 Most Awkward Family Dinners in Movies


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This Friday on Comedy Bang! Bang!, Scott and Reggie are cooking up something special. It’s a Thanksgiving-tacular episode, so expect some turkey roastin’, some pumpkin pie bakin’ and a friendly, slightly terrifying visit from Fourvel.

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In honor of the holiday, we thought we’d take a look at 10 legendarily awful cinematic family meals. So read on and remember how good you’ve got it.

9. Pineapple Express

The only thing worse than a family dinner is a dinner with someone else’s family, especially when you’re eating with your girlfriend’s parents… and you’re super high.

8. Edward Scissorhands

Minding your manners is important, even if you have giant blades where your fingers should be and you were raised in a creepy castle.

7. A Very Brady Sequel

When Alice unwittingly doses the Bradys with spaghetti sauce made with psychedelic mushrooms, things get very trippy indeed.

6. Drag Me to Hell

When a family meal ends with an eyeball popping out of a harvest cake, you know that things are getting awkward.

5. Scent of a Woman

Frank Slade shows up uninvited to his brother’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and all Hell breaks loose as Al Pacino puts the pedal to the overacting metal.

4. American Beauty

Pretty much every scene in American Beauty is awkward, but the family dinner after Lester quits his job is seething with humiliation and resentment.

3. Festen

This oddball Danish flick revolves around the elderly patriarch of a family getting his relations together around the dinner table, only for it to degenerate into chaos.

2. Funny People

The best Adam Sandler movie boasts a particularly hard-to-watch Thanksgiving dinner in which comedian George Simmons waxes morose about the dead.

1. Back to the Future

We can’t think of anything that’s more awkward than having your teenage mother try to put the moves on you during dinner.

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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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