Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Exploring every facet of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle, this biopic takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
  • Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, Toby Huss, Julianne Nicholson, Quinta Brunson, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Will Forte, Patton Oswalt, Michael McKean, Dot-Marie Jones, Jorma Taccone, Demetri Martin, Dean Sharpe, Paul F. Tompkins, Scott Aukerman, Akiva Schaffer, Conan O'Brien, Emo Philips, Nina West, Jack Black, David Dastmalchian, Julie Chang, Josh Groban, Seth Green, Arturo Castro, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Diedrich Bader, Richard Aaron Anderson, David Bloom, Thomas Lennon, Johnny Pemberton, Jonah Ray, Jeremy Bolm, Jack Lancaster, Spencer Treat Clark, Tommy O'Brien, Jacob Lawrence Kreiss, Keanush Tafreshi, Andrew Steven Hernandez, Paloma Esparza Rabinov, Eric Appel, Panuvat Anthony Nanakornpanom, Constantine Rousouli, James Brown III, Rocky Abou-Sakher, Chris Ryan, Mike Escamilla, Chad Guerrero, Cesar Ramirez, Omar Estrada, Cesar Chavira, Jimmy Walker Jr., Trenyce, James Preston Rogers, William Guirola
  • Director: Eric Appel
  • gcic - 7 January 2023
    Too cheesy
    Wanted to like this movie, but just couldn't. There were some entertaining parts but overall just too corny and cheesy. I get that it's supposed to be a parody and all, but it just splinters off into too many ridiculous (and not in a good way) story lines it becomes hard to watch. The Pablo Escobar stuff is just, well, dumb. The last half of the movie teeters on unwatchable. I really wish they would have brought some more reality into it rather than making it such a cheeseball flick. If you're into that type of movie you will love it, but if you're the type that likes a good movie that is watchable you will struggle with this.
  • ddwwaatt - 6 January 2023
    Loved Weird Al and his music growing up and watching this brought back a lot of good memories. I remember every song like it was yesterday. It was so good and funny, and all the people they added in for different parts were awesome! He is still a master of the weird and funny, for sure. I loved seeing him in this too. That was a fun surprise. Roku, I hope you keep making movies like this. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the acting and the movie. Not sure why other than I didn't realize until recently how much good content is on Roku for free, with a few adds here and there. Really enjoyed this one.
  • Yesideez - 3 January 2023
    Not much of a biography...
    ...if it's hardly anything like his life story! I got half way through this and because I found it very difficult to believe, read some of Al's interviews, and in that he's absolutely nothing like he's being portrayed and he, himself, references parts of the film that he says just aren't him at all in the slightest. I ended up switching it off after that. Growing up I loved his music. It really was a breath of fresh air and some of them are extremely funny but this movie just doesn't work for me. If I watch a biography I want to experience the person's life story, not something that's been completely fabricated.
  • peacedisturber - 2 January 2023
    Weirdly Underrated Film About a Very Specific Genre.
    Mild and vague Spoiler:

    This film was the epitome of big-fish (can-you-top-it) stories. The only people who gave this less than an 8/10 are people that I imagine wanted something overly serious and cliche. Seriously, these musician biopics tend to be waaaaaay too predictable and similar (though beautiful in their own rights); so this was a breath of fresh air.

    This movie was overly serious about being amazingly honest to the Weird Al brand in that it took itself seriously in the goofiest way. The way they built it from a little believable to by the end being completely over-the-top was genius.
  • lwoods2 - 30 December 2022
    Every Child of the 80s Should Watch This
    Anyone expecting a serious biopic of Weird Al obviously has no idea who he is. I thought the movie was brilliant - true Weird Al fashion. I grew up on Dr. Demento and Weird Al, so this brought me back to my childhood in the best way possible. The acting was spectacular, the references hysterical, and the comedy completely hilarious. If you grew up with Weird Al, then you'll truly appreciate this movie. I cannot think of a better way to honor his legacy. I also cannot think of another 143 characters to write about, but that's what IMDB tells me I'll need before I can submit this. Did you know that in 1985.
  • danielgroza - 27 December 2022
    The joke's on you
    "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" is a scary movie.

    If you go into this movie without knowing anything about it and just assume that it's a biopic of the parody musician's life--like I did--then this movie will play you and make you huddle in the corner as you try to recover from yet another masterfully crafted twist. Touché!

    Director Eric Appel co-wrote the script with Weird Al himself and guess what? This is not a biopic but a parody of one--duh, Weird Al co-wrote this and he is known for parodies, go figure--but the way in which it transitions from fact to fiction is meticulous, surreal and slowly grinds the viewer. For all the jokes it contains, the most effective joke is the one which starts and ends with the movie, and that joke is the plot itself. That is the Joker-esque ground on which Yankovic builds everything else and elegantly blows this movie out of proportions--it's quite the experience.

    Initially, the movie starts with Weird Al as a young boy living with his parents. He has dreams of being an artist, but not just any artist--he wants to parody songs. His conservative father can't stand that, and demands that he joins him in working at "the factory". No one knows what they make there as the question is put several times, and the running gag here is how "the factory" is viewed as a template for the working class--it's a place of stability, but also a dead end. Al's father is so conservative, in fact, that he beats up a salesman for wanting to sell Yankovic his now trademark accordion. Al finally gets a reprieve from his parents when he escapes the house and goes to a house party with his friends and colleagues and it's... a polka party, and they love accordions.

    The genius of these jokes is in how they are written so that they are fake enough to be obvious they never happened, but not so disruptive as to make you believe that Yankovic is not telling the story of his life but just messing around. You might view them as comedic detours expected from someone like Weird Al Yankovic to place here and there while telling his story. But as the movie goes on, you realize this was only him setting up the meta-joke that is the plot.

    The movie starts to give more and more doubt as to its factual validity as it goes on and by the time you realize you've been played, you're not angry, but rather amazed at how subtle its fall into the ridiculous is. It blows up at an exponential rate, sometimes being too stupid for its own good, but always funny. One of its many tropes is the way writers Appel & Yankovic present the sources of inspiration for his parodies. The movie goes into moments of surrealism that go seemingly nowhere only for them to resolve with yet another explanation on how he got to write another song. The reason these moments are so unpredictable even though they happen again and again is because they start in places which are seemingly completely disconnected from everything. The way in which Yankovic reaches his target is through literally interpretation and a dose of insanity.

    If I was a bit too generic, is because I want you to experience this movie yourself with knowing as little about it as possible. But if you got to this point in the review, then you already know more than I did before I watched it. But trust me, there is still plenty of things to see... unimaginable things.
  • pmoralesm - 26 December 2022
    This escalated quickly
    When I start watching i thought this was going to be a real biopic. Oh boy I was freaking wrong.

    Obviously it's not a bio pic, it is a weird pic, it start real calmed and escalated very quickly into a weird Al style kind of humor.

    If you know at least something of weird Al's work, you will find los of references here and there, like Easter eggs and it is a lot of fun finding them, in fact i got to see this movie again just to do that.

    I haven't laugh this hard in a long time, really... The movie gets weirder and weirder by the minute, from weird characters to action scenes, ridiculous situations, and lots of hidden jokes.

    If you watch this, try to take it as it is, a freaking funny movie.

    Must watch it you like weird Al videos.
  • RussHog - 22 December 2022
    Not funny @ all
    Wow this as stupid. It's the story of Weird Al except everything is made up and it's a parody of a dozen stories of musicians who got famous. Unlike UHF which was really funny, this is just stupid. It's played dead serious and has all of these dark undertones but the main character is Weird Al and I guess that is kind pf a choice you could make but the film gets very boring an slow and stupid mostly all throughout and I don't think I laughed one time. I guess should out to Harry Potter for trying to make this film work but he was poorly cast. I did like the final minute when the main character met his end.
  • fciocca - 21 December 2022
    Well, this was a waste of time. Definitely not a biopic.
    I personally did not know Al Yankovic; what pushed me to watch this movie was Daniel Radcliffe, who in recent years is collecting ridiculous roles in bad movies. Maybe it is me, but by reading the plot summary on IMDb, I was expecting a biographical picture about his life, but it turns out that this project is just one gigantic parody, exactly like his songs. Which can be an interesting choice, but in this case the comedy is really bad and predictable. There was not one single scene that made me laugh. The first half is bearable and I think that there were a couple of interesting moments, but unfortunately in the second part they completely went crazy and overdid it. Towards the end there are many sequences that do not make any sense and are just annoying. The screenplay is weak and just badly written. The acting is over the top and I know that this was done on purpose, because this is the style that they decided to go for, but for me is just incredibly trivial and uninspired. Probably if you like a certain kind of comedy you will enjoy it. The different tracks were nice and I have to admit that they are overall good jokes to original famous songs. This was a waste of time of almost two hours. There is really nothing that would make me recommend it.
  • palominoboy - 18 December 2022
    Horrible IMO
    I really hated this movie. I stopped about 1/2 way through because I just didn't get it at all. I went into the movie knowing basically nothing. My fiancé is a weird Al fan and wanted to watch it. I thought it would be a bio-pic but pretty much immediately found out I was wrong. By that point I understood it was supposed to be a parody but it just wasn't funny or enjoyable. At. All. None of the character were likeable and it was frankly pretty uncomfortable to watch. The humor just wasn't there and since it also wasn't really biographical it just seemed really dumb. If it was at least funny that would be one thing, but it just wasn't. For the record my fiancé watched it all the way through and thought it was okay, if not great.. so take that as you will.
  • ActionJunkie007 - 17 December 2022
    Starts off amazing ..
    ..and exactly what I would want in a parody biopic story. The polka party, the discovery of my bologna, the impromptu Another one rides the bus performance, cinematic gold and quite hilarious. But then Madonna comes in and the minute she gets abducted, it just goes off the rails, forgets it's a biopic and becomes a sudo action film.

    I've loved Weird Al since I discovered him as a kid in the 80s and have watched his movies back then as well and I just find it odd that he simply did the same things with his new film. His first film finished in 1985(when it was filmed) and UHF had a third act with Rambo inspired action and Weird decides to roll with both those same exact premises.

    He had an awesome biopic going and had a million ways to keep that parody going yet he just goes to unbelievable action that doesn't fit with anything we are told about his life thus far. It's just out of left field and takes you right out of the movie.

    The worst offense though comes with Amish Paradise. It's 1985 and that song was made in 1996. Nothing sounded like that in the 80s and it sticks out like a sore thumb. He has a great catalog.of music and could have used tons of 80s songs to make it work so why go that route?? If you wanted to parody biopics, why not use lasagna to parody la Bamba? Why not if you wanted to be torn up over Madonna using you, you do One More Minute and she kills you because of that song?? There were soooo many choices he could have went with to stay in the era of his biopic so why that song? None of that Amish story was funny and while I laughed at the assassination, It just made me think of how many better ways he could have pulled that off without the drug lord subplot.

    Overall, I rated it a 6 as Ratcliffe was fantastic and it has a good amount of funny scenes, but what it gets wrong ruins a lot of it's rewatchability. I've watched it twice and I just can't imagine watching it again past the Madonna abduction sequence. It really sinks the movie big time.
  • jfgibson73 - 17 December 2022
    Several Enjoyable Sequences
    This movie was pretty entertaining, but also a bit disappointing. On one hand, it is a great idea to take what appears to be a biopic and not include any actual facts. The wilder the movie gets, the funnier the sequences become. Unfortunately, there are too many predictable, over-done comedy tropes, mostly in the first half of the movie. Nothing too unexpected happened during the portion that showed Al's rise to fame. This movie needed to be completely nuts from start to finish. The parts that worked best for me were the moments that had nothing to do with his career in music. That's when the writers came up with their best ideas.
  • njohnsonmoviereviews - 14 December 2022
    A Seriously Funny (In)accurate Origin Story for Weird Al
    Charmingly silly and weirdly endearing, the film does a great job of capturing exactly (not) what occurred during Al's upbringing. The (un)origin stories told are ridiculous and wacky and are on par with Weird Al greats such as Albuquerque. Additionally, the film has plenty of headnods and references for any Weird Al aficionados watching the film. Unfortunately, this is where its strengths end. The jokes don't always land and the film becomes repetitive after the first act - by the end, it feels a bit like a one-trick pony that's been beaten to death. However, the whole film is still an enjoyable experience and elicited several chuckles as I viewed it. Also, make sure to stay for the credits as that's where the real laughs begin!
  • deloudelouvain - 14 December 2022
    A mixture of biography and parody.
    Almost everybody (well, people of a certain age) know Weird Al Yankovic from the parodies he made from famous songs from different famous artists. I'm sure I'm not the only one that sang a long with some of his songs, that actually sounded better or certainly catchier than the originals. So I was curious about this biography, it sounded interesting. In the beginning I was completely into the story but as the movie went on you could clearly see there were a lot of scenes that were made up, so instead of a biography you get another parody from Weird Al Yankovic. Nothing wrong with that, it almost made sense, so it was entertaining but I would have preferred a complete true story in this case. Daniel Radcliffe is an underrated actor, for a long time stuck with his Harry Potter character, but that has proven by now that he can take on any role. He again gave a very convincing performance. Weird Al Yankovic has a smaller part in this movie, which was a nice touch. The movie is definitely worth watching, good fun like all his songs were.