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UHF
UHF
Actors: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, David Bowe
Director: Jay Levey
Genres: Comedy, Music Video & Concerts, Cult Movies
PG-13     2002     1hr 37min

"Weird Al" Yankovic, Kevin McCarthy (Innerspace), Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"), David Bowie (The Cable Guy), Victoria Jackson ("Saturday Night Live") and Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") star in this inspired comedy about an o...  more »

     

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Actors: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards, David Bowe
Director: Jay Levey
Creators: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Jay Levey, Becki Cross, Deren Getz, Gene Kirkwood, Gray Frederickson, Charles Holloway
Genres: Comedy, Music Video & Concerts, Cult Movies
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Weird Al, Comedy
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/04/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1989
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1989
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 3/31/2014...
"Weird Al" Yankovic stars in this wacky comedy as a dorky dreamer who takes over his uncle's low watt small town TV station, and soon incurs the wrath of his cross town network rival with an odd but popular new slate of programs. Silly fun with tons of funny TV/movie parody bits and a great cast that includes Fran Drescher, a pre-"Seinfeld" Michael Richards, Kevin "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" McCarthy and Victoria "SNL" Jackson. "UHF" was a notorious box office bomb in its day but it's become a cult classic thanks to home video. Worth a look for Weird Al fans and anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Michael P. (Spider-guy2) from KIOWA, CO
Reviewed on 5/28/2013...
It is by no stretch a great movie, and I don't believe it was intended to be. It is quite fun, however. My favorite part is the "Rambo" scene, as he slowly removes his arrow from its quiver...I don't want to spoil it for anyone!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 10/7/2012...
Amusing and entertaining movie! Just about what you'd expect from "Weird Al" but actually a whole lot more. Kevin McCarthy is so good as a mean ornery rich and pompous station owner and the entire ensemble cast is fun to watch! Highly recommended for an amusing evening's worth of silliness and fun!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Merita C. from NORTH PORT, FL
Reviewed on 7/21/2010...
Very funny! Love W.Al!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

"Complainers? We don't need no stinkin' complainers!"
EMAN NEP | 03/07/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"How can you resist a movie where they throw poodles out of windows, let kids drink from fire hoses, where Conan hacks people apart because some people turned a book in late? The movie does have its slow parts, but the spoofs and skits are absolutely hilarious. I won't tell you all of them because then you won't go and rent or buy this great movie. This movie is really good if you are a Weird Al fan, like REALLY off-the-wall humor, parodies, something that can make you laugh. Some people hate this movie, but I think it's because they're trying to see it as a movie. UHF is not really trying to be a movie, it's trying to be more of a collage of parodies. Anyway, see it for yourself. There's no telling how many stomach muscles you'll burst watching this hilarious film."
We got it all on UHF!
Daniel J. Hamlow | Narita, Japan | 02/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Weird Al Yankovic describes and sings about so many wacky, bizarre scenarios in his songs and videos, that one might think, "what would he be like in a feature film?" UHF answers that question, and despite this being his only starring role, Yankovic acquits himself pretty well in this quirky cult film from the 80's.

"Nobody here appreciates someone with a good imagination," says Yankovic's character
George Newman, a Walter Mitty-type daydreamer who keeps failing at job after job, much to the frustration of his girlfriend Teri. So when his Uncle Harvey decides to give him a chance to be the new station manager of the UHF station, Channel 62, George jumps at the chance by putting more live shows. After all, with his pop culture daydreams, he'd be a shoo-in, right? As he tells his skeptical friend Bob, "It's just like working in a fish-market. Except you don't have to clean and gut fish all day." Joining him is Pamela Finklestein, a frustrated secretary aspiring to be a reporter. George, being the nice guy that he is, makes her one, but her first broadcast, an interview with the mayor, is rudely sabotaged. A remark "broads don't belong in broadcasting," typifies the 80's style sexism. Also, one has to compete with the national news station, Channel 8, run by the very loathsome R.J. Fletcher, who doesn't have a single nice line in the entire film.

Things start to turn around when he hires janitor Stanley Spadowski, the tall, simple-minded, but eager guy who turns out to be a smashing good entertainer as he is a janitor-his Mop speech is just great. Because of Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse, the ratings soar and before long Channel 62 is outdoing the national network affiliate Channel 8. Fletcher is far from pleased and sets out to sabotage Newman.

A lot of the film's funny moments hinges on ideas George has, such as trailers for Town Talk, his Geraldo Rivera type show where he gets whacked with a chair, commercials, or some of the programmes he comes up with-check out the programming schedule. Goony, Prince Valiant-haired comedian Emo Phillips has a memorable moment as a shop teacher who could be more careful with a buzzsaw. And how much one enjoys Raul's Wild Kingdom, hosted out of the apartment of a Mexican guy named Raul, depends on one's taste for small dogs. Oh, and Weird Al makes his notorious twinkie-wiener sandwich, oft-mentioned on Al-TV.

The high note is the opening Raiders of the Lost Ark parody, with an "idol statue" scene that's Al's closest to ever getting Best Actor. The "Beverly Hillbillies" video, a spinoff on Dire Straits' computer animated "Money For Nothing," is the other highlight, showing how George does indeed have a good imagination. And the late 70s/early 80s car commercials with a Cal Worthington type cowboy salesman is embodied in Crazy Ernie: "If nobody comes down here and buys a car in the next hour, I'm gonna club this baby seal. That's right. I'm gonna club this seal to make a better deal. You know I'll do it, to, cause I'm crazy." Hooboy!

A very young Fran Drescher is pretty hot as Pamela Finklestein, outshining Victoria Jackson (Teri), whose whiny voice is a debit in the film. Michael Richards steals the show hands down as Stanley. Kevin McCarthy does Fletcher as that villain one loves to hate, odious, overacting, and with a goofy laugh. Gedde Watanabe, who made his film debut as Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles, plays Kuni, who goes a bit OTT in the Wheel of Fish segment. "Stupid! You're so stupid!" he yells at a losing contestant. And veteran midget comedian Billy Barty is sadly underused in this movie, as he only has two scenes as cameraman Noodles MacIntosh. And catch Dr. Demento as the guy Stanley sprays whip cream on in an ad.

The video for the "UHF" song is included as a bonus, as is Al hosting a series of deleted outtakes, which definitely should've been left off the movie, as most were filler that did nothing to advance the movie.

Fans of Weird Al will definitely like this cult classic from the 1980's. Sight gags, and pain and destruction gags abound. Some of the material may not be so PC today. Yet for Children of the 80's such as myself, it may serve as a nostalgic pop cultural reference point.
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Funny ! zany ! inventive !
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 06/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This ingenious cult classic has sight gags galore !
Very few comedies make me laugh, but this flick, with it's plot of "down-and-out loser makes good on obscure T.V. station", gets me howling with gusto non stop.
With a terrific cast, among them the marvelous Kevin McCarthy as the E-vil Mr. Fletcher, Fran Drescher, and Michael Richards, as a looney janitor and "T.V. star". He's hilarious, a true clown, and I think highly underrated...and in this film gets to shine.There are wonderful spoofs of ludicrous T.V. ads (my favorites are "Spatula City" and "Plots R Us"), and shows like "Conan the Librarian". Another good turn is Weird Al's rubber-suited Rambo. As an animal rights person, I can live without "Raul's Wild Kingdom", but the comic irreverence of "Gandhi II" is a priceless piece of buffoonery.If like me, you're a fan of Weird Al's bizarre, imaginitive humor and his clever parodies, and appreciate Michael Richard's brilliant physical antics, you're guaranteed to find this celebration of warm hearted, whacky merriment a bundle of fun."