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Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, Toby Huss, Julianne Nicholson, Quinta Brunson, Will Forte
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Bio-comedy drama directed and co-written by Eric Appel. A parody of the biopic genre, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022) tells the fictionalized tale of Al Yankovic (Daniel Radcliffe) exploring 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.
Our Favorite Quotes:'I know it's hard to hear this, but your dad and I had a long talk, and we agreed it would be best for all of us if you would just stop being who you are and doing the things you love.' - Mary (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story) Click To Tweet
Grizzled Narrator: Life is like a parody of your favorite song. Just when you think you know all the words, surprise, you don’t know anything.
Doctor: [after failing to save Al] Time of death, 7:30…
Weird Al: [suddenly wakes and sits up] Quick! I need some paper, and a number two pencil.
Young Al: I don’t want to work at the factory. I want to make songs.
Nick: What? You want to make songs? Did you hear that, Mary? We got a regular Bing Crosby on our hands, don’t we?
Nick: [as young Al is singing] Stop. Stop! What in God’s name are you doing? Those aren’t the right words.
Young Al: I know. I made them better.
Nick: By changing the lyrics to a well-known song? No, boy. What you’re doing is confusing and evil. My God, and I will not have that kind of blasphemy in my own home!
Mary: Honey, I know it’s hard to hear this, but your dad and I had a long talk, and we agreed it would be best for all of us if you would just stop being who you are and doing the things you love.
Young Al: You don’t understand me!
Salesman: [to young Al] Son, when you play the accordion, you are a one-man band. You are the life of every party. Go ahead, son, tickle those ivories.
Nick: [to the salesman, referring to the accordian] What are you doing in my house? And why is my innocent young child wearing that devil’s squeeze box?
Nick: [to young Al, referring to the accordian] Take that devilish monstrosity off this very instant. I don’t want to see you ever wearing it again!
'I'm living the dream. I mean, to have twenty thousand people every night singing along to my words to other people's music. I feel truly alive when I'm on that stage.' - Weird Al Click To Tweet
Young Al: [referring to his father, Nick] Why is he always so hard on me?
Mary: Listen, you’re too young to understand now, but just trust me, your father has his reasons.
Salesman: I think I have a collapsed lung.
Mary: We’re trying to have a conversation here, sir.
Teenage Al: My mom always tucks me in in case I have night terrors.
Robbie: You have night terrors?
Teenage Al: No. You know, just in case.
Teenage Al: Hey, you didn’t tell me that this was going to be a polka party.
Police Officer: [to Mary] I’m sorry to disturb you, ma’am, but I’m afraid we found your son at a polka party. He was playing an accordion.
Teenage Al: Well, it’s my life, and I want to make music, and I want to play the accordion.
'Life is like a parody of your favorite song. Just when you think you know all the words, surprise, you don't know anything.' - Grizzled Narrator (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story) Click To Tweet
Teenage Al: I play in the closet. But I’m not a closet accordion player anymore. It feels good!
Teenage Al: [after Nick breaks his accordion] You think you’re going to stop me from playing? You’ll see. One day I’m going to be the best! Well, perhaps not technically the best, but arguably the most famous accordion player in an extremely specific genre of music. I’ll show you. I’ll show everybody!
Johnny Barf: [as Al is playing the accordian for his audtion] Okay, that’s enough. Thanks. Yeah. Very, very interesting. So, we’ll let you know, okay?
Weird Al: Great. When?
Johnny Barf: Right now. You didn’t make it.
Weird Al: This sucks. It’s the fifth audition I’ve been kicked out of this week. It’s almost like nobody wants an accordion player in their band.
Jim: That just doesn’t make any sense.
Steve: Yeah. Accordions are cool.
'One day I'm going to be the best! Well, perhaps not technically the best, but arguably the most famous accordion player in an extremely specific genre of music.' - Teenage Al (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story) Click To Tweet
Bermuda: That’s the problem with being on the bleeding edge. You got to wait for the rest of the world to catch up with you.
Weird Al: I don’t have time to wait. If nobody wants to have me in their group, I’m just going to have to go it in on my own.
Steve: Just last night, I was driving down the wrong side of the 101 with my eyes closed, not knowing whether I was going to live to see another day, or die in a horrible, fiery wreck. Suck on that, Mom and Dad.
Bermuda: What’s something you always wanted to do, but you were never allowed to?
Weird Al: Make up new words to a song that already exists.
Bermuda: Oh. Well, you should do that, then.
Weird Al: [singing] Ooh, my little hungry one, hungry one. Open up a package of my bologna. Ooh, I think the toast is done. The toast is done. Top it with a little of my bologna.
Steve: Where did that come from?
Jim: Dude, I’ve got chills.
Jim: Al, you’ve got something here. I don’t know if it comes from God or the devil, but the world needs to hear it.
Weird Al: No, forget it, guys. I don’t have the money for a recording studio.
Bermuda: I think the bathroom at the bus station has pretty good acoustics.
'That's the problem with being on the bleeding edge. You got to wait for the rest of the world to catch up with you.' - Bermuda (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story) Click To Tweet
Weird Al: Alright. Just mailed the tape off to Captain Buffoon. Now, I guess, all I got to do is sit back and wait to become famous.
Bermuda: Yeah, I don’t think that’s quite how it works, Al. Nobody becomes famous overnight. That’s a myth. Sometimes it takes years, decades of hard work to get noticed.
Weird Al: What?
Bermuda: I know it’s going to happen for you someday, but you can’t just mail your tape off to some disc jockey and expect to instantly become a sensation.
Weird Al: Man, why can’t I catch a break?
Captain Buffoon: [on radio] I just received this tape in the mail a few minutes ago, and what can I say? It’s an instant sensation! It’s already the number one most requested song of the week, and we’re playing it all day long. So, here it is, once again, Al Yankovic with “My Bologna!”
Tony Scotti: [to Al] Use your head, kid. Nobody wants to hear a parody song when they can hear the real thing for the same price. What’s the point?
'Are you saying you want to be my mentor?' - Weird Al, 'No. I'm saying I want to be your de-mentor!' - Dr. Demento (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story) Click To Tweet
Tony Scotti: Captain Buffoon actually played your song on the radio?
Weird Al: Yeah.
Tony Scotti: Why didn’t you tell us? This changes everything. Ben, get this young gentleman a record contract this very instant. We are going to sign him to a fourteen album deal.
Weird Al: Wait. Really?
Tony Scotti: No! What do you think I am, an idiot?
Ben Scotti: I’m going to remember your name because you, Al Yankovic, are the most untalented, pathetic loser that I’ve ever met in my entire life. You’re nothing but a hack, a stupid, useless parasite, and you’re so ugly. That ridiculous hair, that horrible mustache, stupid glasses. You make me want to throw up!
'You must die in order to be reborn.' - Dr. Demento (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Click To Tweet
Tony Scotti: [to Al] Just get out there, build up your chops, and who knows? Maybe someday, we’ll talk again.
Ben Scotti: But don’t count on it because you truly suck.
Tony Scotti: Right.
Steve: [as Al is about to go onto the stage at the bar] The new song’s a bona fide hit.
Weird Al: It’s about ice cream!
Bermuda: Everybody likes ice cream.
Weird Al: This seems like more of a whiskey and heroin crowd.
'If there's one thing I've learned in life, the only thing that can clear your head and make you feel better is hard alcohol, and lots of it.' - Madonna (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story) Click To Tweet
Mama Bear: [as Al is playing his music at the bar] Give me a shot of tequila and two scoops of rum raisin.
Bartender: We don’t sell ice cream here.
Mama Bear: You better start selling it before this song’s over, or you’re going to have a riot on your hands.
Dr. Demento: [to Al] Every once in a great while, I can spot a talent that I know is headed straight to the top. Nervous Norvus. Wild Man Fischer. And now, you.
'Live the life you want to live. Be as weird as you want to be. Believe me, you will never find true happiness until you can truly accept who you are.' - Weird Al Click To Tweet
Dr. Demento: Well, stick with me, huh? I know a little something about the biz.
Weird Al: Wait. Are you saying you want to be my mentor?
Dr. Demento: No. I’m saying I want to be your de-mentor!