In "UHF" (citywide), writer-star "Weird Al" Yankovic tries to jam dozens of movie and TV parodies into the kind of dopes-on-the-job plot that was already a self-parody in the days of the first "Police Academy." The parodies are sometimes amusing, in a talk-back-to-the-TV-screen sort of way, but the movie they're stuck in is beyond sendups.
It's another daffy, goofy, sex-crazed-guys story: "The daffy, goofy, sex-crazed guys take over a TV station." But here there isn't much sex; perhaps Yankovic's target audience is too young. These guys aren't lecherous; they're just daffy and goofy.
They race around and bang themselves on the noggin with mops and throw mustard on bikers and poodles out the window. They play with their mashed potatoes and shoot staples at each other and stick children into sandboxes full of wet oatmeal. The love interest, "Saturday Night Live's" Victoria Jackson, might as well be in another picture. Maybe she is; halfway through this one, Yankovic breaks a date with her and she disappears until the picture's climax.
Yankovic's character, stodgily named George Newman instead of Odd Arnie or Bizarre Bob, is a congenital foul-up, constantly lost in fantasies of Spielberg movies. He takes over a failing UHF station, Channel 62, after his uncle wins it at a poker game. But in true daffy, goofy, sex-crazed guys fashion, George quickly piles up the heftiest ratings in town, despite programming shows like "Bowling for Burgers," "The Volcano Worshiper's Hour" and "Wheel of Fish," a game show whose wheel-spinner is named Vanna Whitefish.