Starring the renowned song parodist Weird Al Yankovic, this movie is essentially a Yankovic album in celluloid form. Parodies of movies, TV shows, commercials, food gags, and slapstick humor are in abundance. It isn't highbrow fare by any stretch, but who would want it to be? It's the kind of over-the-top and juvenile humor where you don't want to laugh, but commercials like "Spatula City" and premises like "Conan the Librarian" are so absurd, you laugh in spite of yourself. As an added bonus, the movie features Michael Richards shortly before he would be cast in Seinfeld, appearing to play at times a slower-witted version of Kramer, with similar jerky movements and expressions.
What's interesting about watching UHF years after its release is the deeper message underneath all the silliness. The movie celebrates the eccentric, the unusual, the individual in a world of drab conformity. In some ways, it's a celebration of "geek" years before "geek chic." UHF also champions "the little guy" in the media landscape. Channel 62 is a small, wacky, community-centered television station taking on the bland big-media conglomerate -- obviously a prescient portent of the current media landscape. It's also the celebration of the type of "ground up" low-budget entertainment one is now likely to find on YouTube. Or, if you don't want to be an overly analytical movie reviewer about it, UHF is simply enjoyable for its own sake.