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Tampa, FL 33602

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UHF (1989)


Weird Al Yankovic got his start writing song parodies and releasing them on comedy albums. That doesn’t quite get to the scale of it, though; over a 40-plus year career, he’s earned five Grammy Awards, six platinum records, and sold over 12 million albums — and he’s done it all in remarkably consistent fashion. Less acclaimed was his single attempt at movie stardom, 1989’s UHF, an anthology of satirical sketches in a frame story.  It makes sense that Weird Al would have tried to make a movie, since he was as much an artist of music video as he was of music. Audiences stayed away in droves. And look, is it uneven? Sure. Do all of the jokes land? Definitely not. Is it problematic in the way so many ‘80s comedies were? Uh-huh. But it’s so ridiculous, and moves through its sketches so quickly, the viewer gets a gag they might love before they fully process the gag they hated. Its reputation has been restored as a ludicrous cult treasure, a pure expression of one strange person’s sense of humor, and the kind of movie that was tailor-made for a long second life in gif format. Join REWIND for the still suppliesing, inexpressibly weird UHF.

1h 37m / PG-13 / Comedy
 
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