I always hated seeing some flavor of the week singer or TV star get movie roles. I'd always think what are they doing? They could be making more TV shows or albums! Then I'd remember that one of my heroes from my youth a few years back did the same thing. "Weird Al" Yankovic had in fact his own vehicle for a film and that I missed it was a crime the FCC should have investigated me for.
Weird Al is George Newman a life long day dreamer who can't hold a job. He has a lot of creativity but no drive in life with jobs that don't challenge him enough. One day, his roommate and long suffering co worker friend Bob get a chance to run an out of the way television station for George's Uncle Harvey which is on the verge of collapse. Getting rid of their old and endless reruns and hiring local talent to put on a strange new variety of shows has the town buzzing and only invites the bile of a local network affiliate station owner.
A nice and original idea which is loaded with jokes and sight gags. Whether it be a blind man trying to put together a rubix cube or a tectched delivery man who has a pet show where he teaches poodles how to fly, there is no shortage of the jokes in this movie, with not a stupid cameo or injoke to be seen or offend. Weird Al may not be the greatest actor and it shows but a nice supply of talent keeps him from looking terrible ranging from the likes of Fran Drescher, Kevin McCarthy and Michael Richards who steals the show as an infintile janitor who lands a colossal hit with his kiddie show.
Most DVD's skimp out on special features especially at this price point, but NOT UHF! ANY LITTLE NUANCE of the movie gets told to us by Al and his director/manager Jay Levy in the commentary whther it be where the film was shot, how shots were supposed to happen, what crewmen did what in the movie and what they've done since and oodles more. There is almost a half hour of deleted scenes which Al hosts and admits "just stinks on ice" and a couple of featurettes including Full and Widescreen options. The only thing they need to add is hi def picture and sound, and that will come with a bluray release one day.
Weird Al may not look as weird as he once did, but UHF is just as silly and carefree as it ever was. Your ability to laugh might depend larger on your love of Al. If your not a fan, don't worry UHF's aren't around anymore and theres about 500 other channels to choose from now. I myself can keep tuing in over and over again like it was on In Demand.
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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