UHF

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Released 1989

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Director:
Jay Levey
Released:
1989
Rating:
PG-13
UHF is a satirical comedy starring Weird Al Yankovic as a daydreamer who suddenly finds himself in charge of a local television station. George Newman (Weird Al Yankovic) and his best friend Bob (David Bowe) can never hold on to their jobs for long. The problem, according to George, is that nobody appreciates a guy with a good imagination. When his gambling uncle, Harvey (Stanley Brock), wins the deed to UHF channel 62, George finds himself in control of the nearly bankrupt station. After firing the executives, George is left with a team of misfits: receptionist Pamela Finklestein (Fran Drescher), dwarf cameraman Noodles MacIntosh (Billy Barty), chief engineer Philo (Anthony Geary) and janitor Stanley Spadowski (Michael Richards). Making up the program schedule at whim, George puts Stanley in charge of "Uncle Nutzy's Clubhouse" and the show is a surprise hit. The station's rising popularity infuriates R.J. Fletcher (Kevin McCarthy), CEO of a big affiliate station, and the rivalry escalates to a wacky ratings war.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie is forever digressing so that Mr. Yankovic can offer media spoofs that have only the most tangential relation to the story. [22 Jul 1989, p.1.15]

  • 25

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The result is a very unfunny movie. It's routine, predictable, and dumb - real dumb.

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    The problem with UHF is that everything in it is a parody. The only logic for anything that happens is that there's some new thing to make fun of-mostly inanely. It's not much of a...

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    Satire, Slapstick