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The Compleat Al (1985)

| Comedy, Music | Video
Fact and fiction are mingled in this mockumentary about the career of music parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic. In retelling his life story, the film includes several of his music videos, ... See full summary »
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Himself
Wally Burns ...
Billy Selby ...
Mr. Nordquist
Jane Campbell ...
Mrs. Weidenbaum
Barry Hansen ...
Himself (as Dr. Demento)
Kevin Seymour ...
Barry Cohen (as Michael Porter)
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Francine / Lucy Ricardo
Gordon Gale ...
Karl Brickman
Peter James ...
Day Tripper
Rob Lawrence ...
Heavy Metal Man
Jeff Wilson ...
Folk Guitarist
Che Zuro ...
Heavy Metal Chick
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Himself
Ed Gibson ...
Spike Banjo
Craig Mitchell ...
Ronnie Ronzoni (as Mitchell Craig)
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Fact and fiction are mingled in this mockumentary about the career of music parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic. In retelling his life story, the film includes several of his music videos, including "Ricky" and "Eat It." Written by Joe Blevins <joeblev@concentric.net>

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The amazing and almost-true life story of a rock and roll legend

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A book version of this video was published, titled "The Authorized Al". It followed the script for the most part, but included many extra stills that were either cut from the video, or only glimpsed briefly (e.g. the "Burgeropolis" architectural concept). It also had an appendix with the lyrics of every song on Al's three albums (at that time). See more »

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Where it gives the info regarding Weird Al's management, it says in parentheses, "IN CASE YOU CAN'T REACH BARRY COHEN" before giving the name of his true manager, Jay Levey. Barry Cohen was a fictional character based on Levey. See more »

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15 November 2005 | by (New Haven, Connecticut) – See all my reviews

But it is kinda hilarious, at least if you grew up on Weird Al, like I did. It's a mockumentary about his life and career, beginning with superstardom and going back to trace the origins. It's uneven in places, but some of the segments are still very funny, particularly when he goes to Japan. Although it's not quite as emotionally textured as Lost in Translation, and he doesn't find love however fleeting, he does capture in a bottle the absolutely bizarre cultural melange that is Tokyo street life.

Perhaps Weird Al isn't recognized as the insightful cultural commentator that he is; perhaps a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. Still, this is a funny movie.


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