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UHF (1989)

by  |  September 1st, 2011  |  Comedy

When I was a kid I got as a gift, one of Weird Al Yankovic’s earliest albums.  Now to understand the humor in his music you got to understand that Weird Al’s music is mostly a parody of more serious songs, such as the song, ‘Ricky’ which is a parody of Toni Basil’s hit 1982 song ‘Mickey’, etc…

Well ever since I received that album, needless to say that I have been a fan… So about a decade ago when an old friend of mine told me that Weird Al had done a movie, I really wanted to check it out (unfortunately it took me about a decade before I finally was able to actually check it out, and I was quite happy I did.

Written by: Weird Al Yankovic (The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad) and written and directed by: Jay Levey (Life As We Know It). Starring: Weird Al Yankovic, David Bowe (My Boyfriend’s Back), Michael Richards (Seinfeld) and Kevin McCarthy (Invasion Of The Body Snatchers)

UHF tells the story of George (Yankovic) and Bob (Bowe).  Both are bright people, but both are serious loosers that can’t seem to hold a job, they live in a dumpy little apartment that is in the same building where a crazy karate class, led by a crazy instructor by the name of Kuni (Played by: Gedde Watanabe)… As a matter of fact the only few things that this dynamic duo seems to be having go right for them is the fact that both are bright, and through thick and thin, both seem to have remained friends with each other, and George has a girl friend by the name of Teri (Played by: Victoria Jackson) and Bob seems to have a more sensible, realistic head on his shoulders.

George (Weird Al) and Bob (Rowe)

Despite all of this, one day both are fired from their fast food jobs for mouthing off about the boss. So with George trying to pick up Bob’s spirits, and with George and Teri on the outs, a goose that laid the golden egg is handed to George and Bob…

You see Bob’s uncle Harvey (Played by: Stanley Brock) who is a professional gambler and who often wins huge sums of cash for his boss, has recently, thanks to a poker game has come in to ownership of Channel 62…

Now channel 62 is a failling UHF station that seems to play a lot of re-runs of old TV shows, and some rather bizarre commercials on it, (a perfect place for an out of work visionary and his more sensible partner!)

With that said, while George is visiting his Aunt Esther and Uncle Harvey.  Harvey is in a back room during a party, where he bluffs his way in to owning the studio, and when he comes out of the game he goes over to where Esther is standing around shows off the deed to the studio to Esther…

Now of course Esther is quite pleased with the idea of the two of them owning a station (even if it is a failing UHF station.)  She is also delighted to learn that at present, there is no one to run the station, and convinces Harvey to basically give George and Bob carte blanche to do what ever they want to the place…

George heading in to Channel 62

Now that night George and Teri go to check out the new station and are creeped out by the local station manager. But that won’t stop them both from having stars in their eyes…

You see the first day that they come in to the new place they are excited about their new jobs and are really looking forward to turning the station around!

Now with a seemingly bright future ahead for the two, they are going to have to work their asses off to turn this low rated UHF TV station in to the highest rated channel in that market, despite a fierce opposition that will do anything (and I mean ANYTHING) to keep their number one status and eliminate the competition!

A scene from the UHF stations most popular TV show.

With that said, what I like about this movie and what I truly do think makes this a simply brilliant B-Movie is a couple of things:

1. I love slap stick comedies, and this one is in my opinion right up their with The Naked Gun series!

2. I thought that you guys might find this interesting, but it looks like the Music video for Weird Al’s Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies, (which is an homage to the classic 60s TV show starring Buddy Ebsen, but is also a parody of Dire Straits ‘Money For Nothing’.)

3. Also I thought that you guys might find this interesting, but it turns out that in a scene that is supposed to parody Rambo.  Weird Al had wanted Sylvester Stallone (with whom they both shared an acquaintance) to cameo as the person at the Helicopter booth… Sadly Stallone was unavailable!

With that said folks, if your looking for a fun slapstick comedy that will have you laughing your ass off, then I highly recommend this one, it is awesome!

Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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