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Weird: The Al Yankovic Story – TIFF 2022

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story – TIFF 2022

Release Date: November 4, 2022
Synopsis:
Explores every facet of 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.

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The absolutely true story of “Weird Al” Yankovic is told in . Growing up seeking the approval of his father Nick () and a love of polka secretly supported by his mother Mary (), Al Yankovic () dreams of having a music career where he can change to lyrics to well-known songs and make them better. Al gets his big break when his song “My Bologna” becomes a hit on the radio. Taken under the wing of Dr. Demento (), “Weird Al” Yankovic soon becomes a huge music superstar. However, Al is soon seduced by Madonna (), who seeks the bump up the charts caused by Al parodying one of her songs.

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is a parody biopic directed by Eric Appel, expanded from a fake trailer produced for the website Funny or Die in 2010. With a script written by Appel and “Weird Al” Yankovic himself, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story purposefully incorporates every imaginable biopic cliche into Yankovic's life, including disapproving parents, substance abuse, and a toxic love interest that causes a downward spiral. Then things get truly weird and ridiculous.

Those expecting Weird: The Al Yankovic Story to be a straight-forward biopic are sure going to be confused at plot points such as Al's biggest hit, “Eat It,” being called a 100% original song or “Amish Paradise” being performed more than a decade before it was supposed to come out. That said, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is still an incredibly entertaining film with solid performances by Daniel Radcliffe and Evan Rachel Wood. The film even features a new song by “Weird Al” Yankovic in the closing credits, which could very well win him an Oscar.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.