Movies – Weird Al’s Back!

For those who are not up on their culture, Weird Al Yankovic, in addition to his invaluable contributions to satirizing godawful popular music, made one of the greatest comedies of the ’80s: “UHF”.

“UHF” basically got screwed by timing: it tested incredibly well, it had a lot of kid appeal, Al was a popular performer…and then it came out the summer of 1989, you know, the same summer “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, “Batman”, “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids”, “License To Kill”, “Star Trek V”, “Lethal Weapon 2”, “Ghostbusters 2”, “The Abyss”…you get the point. “UHF” was drowned out and the movie went on to become a cult classic as people discovered it over video.

This is because it is incredibly funny, in fact one of the greatest comedies of the ’80s. “UHF” mixes Yankovic’s innocent yet deranged comedy (SPATULA CITY!) with a Mad Magazine influence, right down to a tribute to the magazine in the form of the character Uncle Nutzy, and it really, really works. Terrible puns, out-of-nowhere gags (“My work here seems to be done! I now must return to my home, the planet Zarkon.”), and non-bodily-fluid gross-out moments (find me one person who didn’t gag at the idea of the Twinkie weiner sandwich), combined with a real sense of place make it a great little movie.

Sadly, Al will not be starring in this new movie, nor is it a sequel to UHF. But it’s just nice to know that twenty years later, he finally got a second chance.


3 Responses to “Movies – Weird Al’s Back!”

  1. Drew Says:

    He actually eats Twinkie weiner sandwiches. That’s kind of horrifying.

    So…what is this second movie, anyway?

  2. Nic Schweitzer Says:

    I bought the special edition after reading this and I just wanted to thank you for showing me the trailer. That movie was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING! Why don’t we have a real life version of “Wheel of Fish”?!

    • seitzeeing Says:

      Because there’s just not enough vision in the world. And, yes, “UHF” is brilliant. Glad you enjoyed it. Keep it close to your heart, I know I do.

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