Wayne’s World (1992)

waynes world

“It will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine.”

The Scoop: 1992 PG-13, directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Rob Lowe.

Tagline: You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll hurl.

Summary Capsule: Party slackers Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) fight to keep their show and for their right… TO PARTY!

Justin’s rating: Excellent munchables!

Justin’s review: Over a decade after the phenomenon known as Wayne’s World, the world has mostly forgotten. Sure, we had the new sparkle of Austin Powers and the timeless classic of Superstar to keep our SNL needs satisfied, but I can’t help but feel powerful nostalgia for what I consider to be Mike Myers’ best film. Or is it? I sometimes have a strong compulsion to lie, even to myself. Isn’t he the guy who starred in the Halloween movies?

Now that I’m done being stupid (No, I’m not, I just like to lie), let’s painstakingly analyze the culture and film theory behind Wayne’s World. We begin with our slacker protagonists, Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, two buddies who star in their own basement-produced cable show. They promote rock ‘n roll, idolize sex symbols and are constantly sarcastic to their show guests… so I guess, by today’s standards, they’re actually positive role models.

Evil capitalist swine attempt to buy out their show, so Wayne and Garth must defend their integrity while scoring dates with some women far out of their league.

Wayne’s World is the perfect type of movie for Mike and Dana, since it gives them a launching ground to do pretty much whatever they want. Between Bill and Ted-esque catch phrases and some inspired rock song scenes, there is satire enough to fill your dark little heart and send you to bed happy. It’s kind of hard picking just one as an example, but I did chuckle mightily at the part where Wayne and Garth protest product placement as they heartily endorse Pizza Hut, Pepsi, Reebok, Doritos, and Nuprin.

In classifying comedies, there are really only two categories. There are movies that are labeled comedies, but are really just sappy dramas lurking in disguise waiting to suck the joy out of your life — you know what I’m talking aboot! And then there are comedies that can be depended on to make you laugh, not just a couple times, but consistently from start to finish. Wayne’s World is very competent in this area, as I can still watch it nearly a decade later, and it makes me laugh way more than, say, anything with Julia Roberts trying to “make us laugh, make us love life again”.

DnaError’s rating: 10 out 10 stabbed doughnut men!

DnaError’s review: Okay. I’ll admit it. I chose this movie just so I could have a reason to watch it again. It’s sad and sick I know, but I just love this movie so much, and let me explain why.

First and foremost are the stars, Wayne Cambell (Mike Meyers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey). Besides from just being naturally funny (I’ll forgive you once for 54 Meyers, but don’t cross me again…) Meyers and Carvey portray the quasi-geeky, 70’s rock-loving, perpetually adolescent Wayne and Garth perfectly. They are funny and likable simply because, unlike most people in movies, they are so gleefully un-cool. How many people you know drive around in new BMW convertible, have perfect hair and teeth, and wear a different Armani for each hour? Now, how many people you know wear T-shirts, faded jeans, have bad hair, and bang their head, putting pedestrians in danger when “Bohemian Rhapsody” comes on?

Yep, Wayne and Garth are our underdogs, hosting their own rock-based, almost MRFH-like cable access show, when an Evil Rob Lowe (Post-porn video, pre-Number 2) sells their show to Eviler, Fatter Corporate Guy who tries to mess with their show and bastardize it. (Our anti-cool duo get back at them in a few ways to funny to ruin here.) While this is going on, Wayne is trying to win the love of rocker-chick Cassandra (Tia Carrie) and save her from the clutches of an ever-slimer Rob Lowe.

Wayne’s World is fast-paced and fun, its sole purpose is to entertain — and it pulls it wonderfully. The movie’s plot is simple enough to allow the many, many jokes and to grow, but solid enough so it doesn’t seem stupid or contrived. The number of clever one-liners and EFMAQSs (Very funny, Memorable And Funny Quotable Scenes) is huge and aside from Wayne and Garth, a list of cameos from Chris Farley to Ed O’Neill to Alice Cooper round it out.

Still, despite all the rapid-fire jokes and zany satire, the power behind the movie is Wayne and Garth. Wayne’s love of ’70s theatric rock and Garth’s nebbish, dweb charm make you root for them until the end. Because if they don’t win out in the end, you know they’ll end up in their parent’s basement until their 80, and even then be making witty banter and “shwinging” the home care nurses. (Not that that’s a bad thing mind you, it’s just not a good idea for a movie, wait, then again….)

I could go on and on about this movie, but the Mirth-Moblie is calling me. So, in closing, let me quote Garth Algar in saying “I just hope you didn’t think it sucked.”

I’m just a poor boy Nobody loves me

Intermission!

  • The T-1000 is back!
  • Milwaukee means “The Good Land”
  • Wayne and Garth talk at the end of the credits about how to exit the film
  • The glove in the bottling plant reappears in the foreground at the end of that scene
  • In the beginning, the guy from Noah’s Arcade (Vanderhouse) is standing in front of a screen of Sonic the Hedgehog, which was never an arcade game!
  • The donut shop is owned by ex-Chicago Blackhawk Stan Mikita, a reference to a popular chain of Canadian donut shops created by hockey legend Tim Horton.
  • The girl from Say Anything is seen at the beginning in bed with Robe Lowe
  • While shot in L.A., many of the scenery shots (including the stacked cars) were filmed in Aurora
  • The “Stairway to Heaven” guitar riff was changed for the international, cable, and videotape releases to a generic riff because of disputes in obtaining rights to the first five notes of the song, which appear only in the US theatrical release.
  • Pictures of Wayne and Garth in Garth’s bedroom are from earlier “Saturday Night Live” sketches.
  • The episode of The Twilight Zone that Garth describes to the audience doesn’t exist.
  • In the early ’70s, some British music shops banned or fined patrons for playing “Stairway to Heaven” because it was played so often. Hence the sign: “No ‘Stairway to Heaven'” when Wayne plays the guitar in the store.
  • Director Penelope Spheeris cameos in the booth for the shooting of the first episode.
  • The director of Wayne’s World also directed the music video to Dreamweaver, which was used (the song) when Wayne first sees Cassandra.
  • There’s a scene where Benjamin is talking to Garth, who is working on a mechanical hand. No explanation is given for the scene, but original, additional scenes explained how Garth was building a hand to strangle Rob Lowe, which is why he hammers it when it starts to go for Rob too early.
  • There’s a final scene with W&G, and a recipe for brownies.
  • Find the following celebs and actors in Wayne’s World: Chris Farley; Meat Loaf; Robert Patrick; The chick from Say Anything; Alice Cooper; Stan Mikita; Shannon Rae
  • Wayne’s World is based off of a series of SNL skits that Carvey and Myers did during their stint on the show. Some critics — not us! — have even claimed this as the last “good” movie that came out of SNL’s legacy.
  • While Mike Myers took off and never looked back following this movie, poor co-star Dana Carvey did the exact opposite. While no one doubted that Dana was a funny man, his choice of film roles after Wayne’s World 2 leave much to be desired. After the twin flops of Road to Wellville (1994) and Trapped In Paradise (1994), Carvey took time off acting to be with his family. His big return to the screen turned out to be quite underwhelming, with a cameo in Adam Sandler’s horrible Little Nicky and starring in his own truly awful Master of Disguise.
  • While filming the Bohemian Rhapsody sequence, both Mike Myers and Dana Carvey developed severe pain in their necks from all the head banging. There are scenes later in the movie where it becomes apparent they are trying to move their necks as little as possible.
  • A scene in the trailer showed Wayne driving the mirth-mobile recklessly and damaging it, but the scene was cut out of the film. This would explain why Wayne and Garth go to a garage to get it fixed.

Groovy Quotes

Wayne: Garth, marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries!

Garth: Did you ever see that Twilight Zone where the guy signed a contract and they cut out his tongue and put it in a jar and it wouldn’t die, it just grew and pulsated and gave birth to baby tongues? Pretty cool huh?

Stacy: Happy anniversary, Wayne.
Wayne: Stacy, we broke up 2 months ago!
Stacy: Well, that doesn’t mean we can’t still go out, does it?
Wayne: Well it does actually, that’s what breaking up is.

Wayne: I once thought I had mono for an entire year, It turned out I was just really bored.

Garth: That is a babe! She makes me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym-class.

Wayne: If it’s a severed head I’m going to be very upset.

Wayne: It will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine.

Wayne: I’m in Delaware, look at me. I’m in Delaware.

Wayne: Cassandra, from this height… you could really hock a loogie on someone.

Wayne: It’s like Star Trek: The Next Generation. In some ways it’s superior, but it will never be as recognizable as the original.

Garth: Whatya gonna do with these guys?
Wayne: Oh no reason, I just always wanted to open up a door where men are training like in James Bond.

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9 comments

  1. I remember seeing this movie when I was 12 years old. 18 years ago…. (god in heaven) Then I sit down and watch it with my now 14 year old niece. She didn’t get a lot of the “early 90’s” satire and jokes. GOD I’m old…

    Sub-story.
    I haven’t been to a karaoke bar yet where I can’t get people head-banging to “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Score one for the new old generation.

  2. “…a popular chain of Canadian donut shops created by hockey legend Tim Horton.”
    So that’s how they got their name! Huh. We can learn something new every day if we pay attention.

  3. “While filming the Bohemian Rhapsody sequence, both Mike Myers and Dana Carvey developed severe pain in their necks from all the head banging.”
    An affliction colloquially known as rock neck.

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