YMMV / UHF

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Apparently Indians don't find the action-movie depiction of their former spiritual leader in the spoof trailer "Gandhi II" all that funny...
  • Billing Displacement: Most posters and other promotional materials would give one the impression that Victoria Jackson's role is significantly greater than Michael Richards'.
  • Crosses the Line Twice
    • As Raul tries to teach poodles how to fly, we see a pile of dead poodles outside his apartment building.
    • Stanly letting a kid drink from a high-pressure firehose. So painful... yet so awesome.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies". Helped by the original song being an Ear Worm in its own right.
    • "UHF", the movie's title theme.
    • "Fun Zone", played at the beginning of the "marble in the oatmeal" scene. Helps that Al has taken to playing the full version before every live concert of his.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Kuni only appears in a few scenes but he's one of the most popular characters in the film, not only for having some of the most quotable lines, but also his and his students' Big Damn Heroes moment near the end. He's enough of a fan favorite that Gedde Watanabe even reprised the role in an episode of The Weird Al Show years later.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Concerning the Like Reality Unless Noted entry on the main page: Everybody wants to be on Stanley's show, because he's Crazy Awesome; the FCC probably was more concerned about Fletcher's corruption by the end of the movie; the "Satan" seen on Town Talk could have just been a guy dressed up; nobody probably watched Philo's show (or took it seriously enough to actually try and make plutonium at home); it's possible that Stanley or someone else hired Raul (in an earlier draft, he was supposed to bring the package in when George and Bob arrive at U-62, as a mailman, but due to Trinidad Silva's death, that had to be dropped); the adult content was clearly scheduled for the watershed; and the shop teacher probably wasn't in his right mind to begin with.
    • Plus, everybody probably loves U62 BECAUSE it's so weird & unusual. It was something fresh that folks had never seen before. Remember, this was before reality TV and things like TLC took off; in 1989, the Big 3 broadcast nets were still mainly the choices for original programming- Fox hadn't really taken off yet, and cable was a wasteland of reruns mainly, so having a local station create its' own, homegrown programming that takes up most of its' broadcast day would be pretty cool.
    • Also, those shows about bestiality probably don't actually SHOW everything (or have a lot of pixellation-action going on) and the Strip Solitaire game probably stops once someone's in their underwear. Once your outer-garments are removed, you lose.
    • American TV doesn't have a watershed because it's a big country with several time zones, but late-night is still a tad more lenient.
    • Why did that disheveled looking old man buy all that stock with his windfall? Well, his first appearance asking George for change established that he had money, as he was able to pay George the dollar in exchange. He may not be a homeless bum after all, but a very eccentric and dedicated coin collector.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: On the DVD, released in 2002, Al praises Michael Richards by saying "You could turn a camera on him and tell him to go nuts for two minutes." Four years later, Michael Richards had a camera turned on him during a standup show, then went nuts on two black audience members by screaming every conceivable racist obscenity he could... for two minutes.
  • Ham and Cheese: Kevin McCarthy hadn't done many comic roles before, but he understood just how silly the movie is supposed to be and is clearly having every bit as much fun with it as everyone else. Weird Al says on the commentary that after nearly every take, McCarthy would instantly drop character and burst into laughter (and, presumably, start flossing bits of the scenery out of his teeth).
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: The scene where Bob reveals that U62 is number one in the ratings, thoroughly stunning George. 25 years, almost to the day, after this film was released, Weird Al's 2014 release Mandatory Fun would be his first number one album in Real Life.
  • He Really Can Act: Subverted. Al knew he was not an especially good actor and asked that the studio hire him an acting coach so he'd "suck a little bit less." His stone-faced performing in the opening Indiana Jones parody prove that they were not wasted.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Watch Raul's Wild Kingdom and tell me he's not eerily prescient of Cesar Milan.
    • Kevin McCarthy played a TV studio owner similar to (but not as evil as) R.J. Fletcher in the Columbo episode "Requiem For A Falling Star".
  • Jerkass Woobie: Yankovic probably feared the viewers would have seen Fletcher as this had he gotten arrested for kidnapping so soon after the homeless man revealed his role in Fletcher's downfall.
    • Fletcher's son Richard. He may be an incompetent suck up, but when you see how badly his father treats him it's hard not to feel a little sorry for him.
    • The old bum even gives Fletcher a warm hug and offers a shoulder to cry on. Awwwww...
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "NOTHING! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! STUPID! YOU SO STUPID!!!"
    • "YOU'RE FIRED! GET OUT!!!"
    • "SUPPLIES!"
    • "YOU GET TO DRINK FROM THE FIRE HOSE! OPEN WIDE!"
    • From the DVD commentary: "CUT TO:"
  • Nausea Fuel: Emo Phillips getting his thumb cut off and casually spewing blood all over the place. A couple of deleted scenes were even worse!
    • The first was darkly humorous note . The second was just plain gross note .
  • Nightmare Fuel: Philo's true form. The effect was done by the same people behind Large Marge.
  • Values Resonance: This incredibly heartfelt article from GamesRadar describes UHF as a precursor to all of the things that would eventually make YouTube and web-based content so great: U62 celebrates, even encourages, the exact kind of individual quirkiness that mainstream media is so opposed to, and can be seen as a safe haven for “otherness” where everyone shares a mutual respect for being themselves. Even the more questionable characters like Kuni and Noodles are treated with the utmost respect and are never used at the butt of a joke. George's solution to save the station by selling stock to the townspeople even reads as a primitive form of crowdfunding.

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