UHF

Release Date: 7/21/1989 – Rated PG-13

Starring: ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job ), Michael Richards (The Seinfield Chronicles)

Plot Summary: After being fired from his umpteenth job, chronic daydreamer George is out of work yet again.  Lucky for him his uncle just won a UHF tv station on the verge of bankruptcy and is convinced to let our pal George run it. (For you young whippersnappers out there, UHF was a lower quality of TV frequency compared to the much better VHF frequency that the big networks broadcasted on.  TV’s could switch between the two much in the same way radios can switch between FM & AM.  Now you can tell Mom you learned something today and can go back to sleep now.)  Channel 62 pretty much just shows old re-runs and is a complete dump.  As George gets wrapped up in his new job, he forgets his girlfriend’s birthday and is dumped; now the station’s only original show, Uncle Nutsy’s Funhouse, is a wreck because George is too broken up to host it.  He put’s the station’s mentally challenged janitor in charge of the show and it is an instant hit!  This leads to George and his staff coming up with all new original shows and the station really takes off, much to the dismay to the owner of the town’s leading TV Station – Channel 8.  After enjoying some success, George is told by his uncle that unless he can come up with $75k in two days he will need to sell the station to pay off a gambling debt.  George and his crew pull out all the stops and hold a telethon to raise the money.  Will they succeed in keeping the station alive, or will the evil corporate empire of Channel 8 be the new owner of Channel 62?

Alex’s Thoughts:  I know I am not as gay for this movie as Tim is, and upon him reading this I will surely get a text message asking me “what my deal is” and “if I would know a funny movie if it bit me in the taint”; it is alright, just not nearly as funny as I remembered it.  Maybe it’s the fact I haven’t seen this in many a year, and perhaps I (might) have matured a bit since then, but it didn’t make me laugh out loud the way it used to.   There are some funny parts, but after a while it just started wearing on me and kind of got bored with it; I can only take so much Weird Al and brain-damaged Cosmo Kramer before I snap.

Tim’s Thoughts: Alex is an idiot that wouldn’t know a funny movie if it bit him in the Lebowski, oh wait he didn’t like that one either……anyways, yes this movie is a bit dated, but there are so many great jokes and one liners. It does help if you like Weird Al, and it also helps if you can handle some of the random weirdness, but I loved this movie as a kid and I love it still. Alex can read go eat a twinkie wiener sandwich.

Final Thoughts: Despite Alex’s thoughts, we both agree that this is a funny movie, especially if you like Weird Al, then this is really a must see, but if oddball stuff isn’t your cup of tea, then take the night off and rent The Mechanic instead.

Alex Rates This Movie 7/10

Tim Rates This Movie 10/10

“Lesbian Nazi Hookers Abducted by UFOs and Forced Into Weight Loss Programs… all next week on Town Talk.”

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