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"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.Read more ›
UHF was done in 1989, long before cable was instilled in us. It was there In th main stream. Howevert under the Weird Al Yankovic's warped eyes, this satire poked fun and BAD TV and doesn't date itself.
Also in 1989, the stars of UHF were also semi-nobodies who later made it big in movies and TV. It was Weird Al's first and only starring role. The cast included such performers as Anthony Geary (in-between gigs at General Hospital), B-rated SF film star Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Comic Emo Phillips, Billy Barty, actor John Paragon ( who was the screen writer of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), Michael Richards (before his turn as Kramer in TV Seinfeld), a pre Nanny Fran Drescher, Gedde Watanabe (16 Candles), and Saturday Night Live's Victoria Jackson
The satire boarders between silly and slapstick. The jokes come fast and many like in Naked Gun or Airplane. It parodies such things like Rambo, Gandhi, game shows, kiddie TV shows, music videos (with Al's Music for Nothing/jed Clampet music video in the film) and TV Network. It still seems semi fresh 18 years later
and for those DVD film fans. The DVD audio commentary has Weird Al, Director Jay Levey (who also is Al's manager), Emo Philips, Michael Richards and Victoria Jackson. There is a lot of deleted stuff Al said he had on a VHS tape in his gargage. Foe film fans, its nice
So get this satire, it don't date that much and its still is fun!
Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD
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If you like airplane and naked gun , then you've I'll love this moviePublished 28 days ago by matthew bucher
I don't know how well this movie did when it was released in 1989. I saw it then, and I just watched it again for the first time since. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Coup
UHF, one of the last movies Orion made, and the only one I know of that Weird Al had a heavy hand in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monkin
Quick Story: A small television station is being swallowed up and closed by a big network station. The station tries to save itself with a big fundraiser on-air with lots of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by penname
Simply a phenomenal comedy with hilarious parodies. I will never understand how "professional" critics gave this film low ratings when it's so much fun. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fletcher J. Shires
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