This song is a topic of discussion in the 2015 movie Trainwreck
, where Bill Hader plays a surgeon who is dating Amy Schumer's character. When Hader operates, he listens to this song; the two have this exchange:
Schumer: Why Billy Joel? Why "Uptown Girl"?
Hader: I love that song.
Schumer: That's probably the worst Billy Joel song. I'm pretty sure even Billy Joel hates that song.
Hader: He shouldn't, it's great.
Later in the film, Hader is stitching up Schumer's equally churlish father, played by Colin Quinn, who wonders why he is humming this song. They share Billy Joel stories:
Quinn: That's the only thing that'll save you. I like Billy Joel. I saw him at Nassau Coliseum. Nylon Curtain tour.
Hader: That's awesome. I saw him with Elton John at Shea Stadium. It was great.
Quinn: Of course you did. Nothing better than down-to-earth blue-collar Billy Joel with Elton John, the Queen of England.
At the end of the film, after a dance number that brings Hader and Schumer back together, another Billy Joel song plays: "A Matter Of Trust