I’ve never made a secret of the breadth of my entertainment tastes. I take great joy in the fact that I can derive pleasure from creative works highbrow and lowbrow and everything in between. Sophisticated, sophomoric … doesn’t matter. There are many ways to engage.

What this means is that, when something devastatingly and deliberately dumb comes along, I can meet it where it lives and delight in it on its own terms.

Say, something like a biopic of a famed parody musician that turns out itself to be a parody of biopics? A film that fully embraces strangeness and stupidity in equal measure, producing something that becomes a transcendent (yet still utterly ridiculous) piece of pop culture?

Something like “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.”

The film – currently available on the Roku Channel – is directed by Eric Appel, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside the man himself, Weird Al Yankovic (Note: I acknowledge that it is customary to put “Weird” in quotes, but I won’t be doing that, because as far as I’m concerned, it is his first name). It purports to be a biopic, one that relates the rise to fame of the renowned pop parodist.

And it is – sort of.

You see, what “Weird” does is give the standard biopic the full-on Weird Al treatment. Every trope, every cliché, every bit of over-the-top nonsense you’ve ever seen in a rock and roll biopic? They’re here, but they’ve been run through the same cracked prism that has given us decades of parody songs. This movie is packed with the non sequiturs and random references that serve as the foundation of his music. It is outlandish and ridiculous and utterly bizarre.

In short, “Weird” is, well … weird.

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It's rare to see a commercially successful rock band stick together for more than 30 years. It becomes more of a rarity when the Grammy-winning front man is not only a musician and a singer, but also a well-known TV personality, actor and author. Is there a possibility of overexposure? Not when that front man is 'Weird Al' Yankovic.

Music fans know Al best for his song parodies that have been comedy hits. His music has spanned more than three decades, and he has modified his sound to fit the styles that are relevant and popular over the course of time. From Madonna and Michael Jackson in the '80s, to Coolio and The Offspring in the '90s, to Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga today, Weird Al's music has crossed genre and generation, and continues to reinvent itself. Despite more than 30 years of making music, Al continues to attract new fans, and scored his greatest musical success on the Billboard chart with a parody of Chamillionaire's 'Ridin'' called 'White & Nerdy' in 2006. 

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