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UHF (1989)

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UHF is the film debut of comedy rock satirist Weird Al Yankovic, who also co-wrote the screenplay. George Newman (Yankovic) and his friend Bob (David Bowe from The Cable Guy) are fired from their jobs at Burger World. So George decides to take over Channel 62, a failing local TV station that his uncle Harvey (Stanley Brock) won in a poker game. George turns it around into an overnight success after letting the janitor, Stanley Spadowski (Michael Richards from Seinfeld), host a kid's show. George

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Television, Comedy

Jay Levey

Jun 4, 2002

Orion Pictures Corporation

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (9) | DVD (15)

Weird Al's film hasn't aged a bit...

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Literally everything but the kitchen sink, and while it doesn't always hit the sweetest notes of inspiration, it maintains a lovable spiritedness and offers the odd gut-buster. And dumb guy humor. UHF has some of the best dumb guy humor around.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

I liked it even after all those years

March 8, 2008

Forgettable Weird Al starrer...enUHF, please!

December 24, 2005

"Today, we're teaching poodles how to fly!" Michael Richards is hilarious.

December 18, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Watchably amusing, nothing more.

November 22, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If the idea of a Weird Al movie is anathema to you, just don't bother reading anything I write, ever.

June 24, 2004
New Times

Weird Al again proves himself the king of skit, spoof and everything in between

April 27, 2003
Moviehole

Scattershot satire

January 5, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

UHF is about as good as it gets when it comes to silly comedies.

September 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

If the plot structure of UHF leaves something to be desired, that's okay because we're offered a mostly hilarious series of Saturday Night Live-style television parodies.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Still packs the laughs!

July 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Audience Reviews for UHF

'Weird Al' Yankovic is primarily a comedic songwriter and parody musician, but in his first instance of movie stardom, he shines brighter than ever. During the eighties the absolute best parody films were made, including Leslie Nielsen's "Spy Hard" and "Naked Gun", Mel Brooks' History of the World Part One, and a bevy of other films that were both cheesy and highly enjoyable. Yankovic is best known for his re-workings of popular songs, and here he takes stabs at other films, including "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "First Blood." Besides all the mentions of famous films, there are some very original laughs to be had with Yankovic's off brand and zany humor. His acting is surprisingly focused and his character comes off as charmingly befuddled throughout. Besides a controlled performance from Yankovic there is a highly talented cast assembled: Fran Drescher pre-Nanny fame shows up as the outspoken secretary turned reporter, Michael Richardson pre-Seinfeld busts out as a kooky janitor turned children's TV show host, and Victoria Jackson plays Weird Al's responsible girlfriend. The premise of the film isn't all that out there, as Weird Al plays George Newman, a down and out man at the middle road in his life eventually getting the manager's position at a local UHF station. He makes the station popular with weird shows that generate a lot of buzz, but he has to stop the maniacal competitor who is trying to buy the station out from under them. It's sweet, spontaneous, and pretty much the epitome of classic comedy film, so if you haven't given it much credence beforehand, do so now.
March 12, 2013
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

If you love weird Al songs, you have to see this movie! It's so much fun, it has a bunch of movie and TV spoofs featuring him, within another funny story as well. It's cool.
April 10, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

goofy and very hysterical, you have to be in the right mood to watch it because its so silly, but hey that's Weird al in a nutshell
December 31, 2010
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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    1. Stanley Spadowski: I'm thinkin' of something orange. Something orange. Give up? It's an orange.
    2. Stanley Spadowski: Ok, now I'm thinkin' of something blue. Something bluuuuuue.
    – Submitted by Ted J (15 months ago)
    1. Stanley Spadowski: Free toy inside!
    – Submitted by Ted J (15 months ago)
    1. Raul Hernandez: Badgers? Badgers? We don't need no stinking badgers!
    – Submitted by Jared T (19 months ago)
    1. Stanley Spadowski: Your a lucky one boy. You get to drink... from the FIREHOSE!
    – Submitted by Dan B (19 months ago)
    1. Kuni: You win nothing! STUPID!
    – Submitted by Samuel C (22 months ago)
    1. Kuni: Ahhh, red snapper. Mmm very tastey.
    – Submitted by stix v (2 years ago)
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