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4.0 out of 5 stars a Satire still topical, March 27, 2006
This review is from: UHF (DVD)
Think Trashy tv..aliens...music videos...and satire of Television, you may think Saturday Night Live or Mad TV...Its not, Its UHF

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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Initial post: Jul 24, 2014 7:58:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2014 7:59:14 AM PDT
Boss says:
Cable TV was around WAY before 1989. ESPN, MTV and CNN all date back to the late 70s and the beginning of the 80s. We had cable installed at my home around 1981.

But, that has nothing to do with the fact that this is a funny movie.
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