The Scoop: 1993 PG-13, directed by Stephen Surjik and starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Christopher Walken, and Aerosmith
Tagline: You’ll laugh again! You’ll cry again!! You’ll hurl again!!!
Summary Capsule: Wayne realizes his ultimate dream: to host WayneStock!
Justin’s Rating: I …ink this film … of all… …ime!
Justin’s Review: For some reason, this follow-up to the smash hit Wayne’s World didn’t exactly get the same rave reviews. Sure, there’s the whole sequel syndrome working against it, but in my UN-humble opinion, WW2 is a terrific, great, spectacular, splendid, spiffy, macaroni piece of work. And thus Justin uses up all the adjectives of the review in the first paragraph.
Wayne and Garth have moved their show and domicile to an abandoned factory, but something is missing. After a vivid dream with Jim Morrison and a Weird Naked Indian™, Wayne realizes that his mission in life is to put on the biggest concert ever — WayneStock — with Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Van Halen, and a psychotic concert producer named Del Preston. If you’ve seen the first movie, you’ll sort of know what to expect. Lots of must-use-in-daily-conversation quotes, some utterly clever satire, and Charlton Heston.
I might as well point out a few trivial things I liked — this being a review and all — and I have nothing else important to say about WW2 except “Movie Good. Make Laugh.” Among the events of this film are Wayne and buddies going deep undercover The Village People, and a Kung-Fu fighting parody, complete with martial arts and both dubbed and subtitled lines. Del’s ramblings are classic (you’ll hear the same story about two or three times), Chris Farley has a great cameo, and Garth’s seduction by Honey Horne is so wonderfully awkward it has to be seen to be believed. And, if you’ve ever worked in radio, the part where Wayne and Garth are interviewed by their DJ hero, who turns out to be a geeky-looking guy (Harry Shearer), is so real-world.
So what is the Wayne’s World phenomenon that dominated the early 90’s? It’s a little hard to explain unless you experienced that time period. It was a comedic wasteland, with John Hughes selling out with Home Alone, SNL crashing hard, and Nirvana… well, you know. Wayne’s World is an unabashed love poem to the good days of rock, of admiring gorgeous girls, of innovative comedies (you do remember when comedies didn’t have to pander to either sappy romantics or gross-out teens?), and the good friends that KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE, MAN! Did I go too far on that one? Quite possibly.
Do your part, soldier! Get some buds together, rent the two Wayne’s World flicks, and re-convert the world! They’re still good movies, I promise!
DnaError’s Rating: 10 out of 10 Brandy Glasses of Brown M&Ms
DnaError’s Review: If you read my review of Wayne’s World, then you’ll remember that I reviewed that movie just to have an excuse to watch it again, it’s the same for this one. Yes, Wayne and Garth, the long-haired losers who fill our hearts with Shwingness. They are back in a feature that’s basically the first movie, but different.
Not that that is a bad thing, mind you. I want Wayne and Garth to get their own TV series so I can have my mirth requirement daily. But alas, we only have these two movies and some SNL episodes to fully enjoy Wayne’s World, but enjoy it we shall! WW2 picks up where WW left off. Wayne is outta his parent’s house, still dating Cassandra, but doesn’t know what to do with his life until an Odd Naked Indian and Jim Morrison tell him to put on a rock concert, humbly called WayneStock.
WW2 is, in my own humble opinion, the superior of the two movies. There are more Jokes Per Minute, a more original concept, more quotable characters, Garth finally gets some, and just more overall Zaniness. That’s right, ZANINESS! This movie takes all the zany elements of the first movie and pumps them up to 11, leading to some hilarious parodies and scenes (The albino one along with Wayne meeting Cassandra’s father are so funny I don’t wanna ruin them.) And, while the movie is more fast-paced and wacky than the first, it still keeps the lovable UN-coolness and Dweebosity of Wayne and Garth that made the first movie a classic.
So, there is nothing left to say, if you liked the first you’ll love this one. And if you didn’t like the first then you are obviously a Replicant, incapable of human emotions and will die in 4 years anyway.
- 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.
- The scene where the roadie tells the story about filling a brandy glass with brown M&Ms is a reference to Van Halen’s odd request during one of their early tours that they have bowls of the candy backstage that contain no brown ones. “Uscgelfredhead” wrote in about this to add that it’s a confirmed TRUE urban legend, although Van Halen apparently asked for no brown M&Ms in their contract to make sure that the venues were reading the contract closely — if they arrived and brown M&Ms were in the dish, they knew to check all of the “other” details in the contract with the venue.
- Movie spoofs of: Jurassic Park, The Graduate, The Leprochan
- Tim Meadows plays Sammy Davis, Jr in this movie. He often performed as Sammy Davis, Jr in Saturday Night Live, which is where the original Wayne’s World sketch comes from.
- Cameos by Heather Locklear, Kevin Pollak, Drew Barrymore, and Jay Leno
- Is It Worth Staying Through End Credits? Wayne and Garth have a final scene, cleaning up during the credits
Wayne: Exqueese me? Have I seen this one before? Frampton Comes alive? Everybody’s got Frampton Comes Alive. If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it. It came in the mail with samples of “Tide”.
Del Preston: So there, I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylone, at about 3 O’clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzie wouldn’t go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head ’round the door, and mentions there’s a little sweets shop on the edge of town. So – we go. And – it’s closed. So there’s me, and Keith Moon, and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweets shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they’ve got this bloody great big bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shopkeeper and his son… that’s a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really, but sure enough I got the M&Ms, and Ozzie went on stage and did a great show.
Del Preston: Alright, ladies and gentlemen. It takes two people to run a concert: one back stage, and one out front. One man alone cannot do this. Wayne, you will run the backstage team. Milton, you are my liaison between Wayne’s backstage team and Garth’s front-stage team which includes myself in the booth. To the left and right of the stage are machine-gun pillboxes, M-60 Browning. Now these babies tend to heat up so shoot in 3 second bursts. In the event of capture I will personally distribute these cyanide capsules to be placed under the tongue like so. [Places a capsule in his mouth] Any questions?
Garth: Yes, I have a question. When did you turn into a nutbar?
Glenn: So Wayne, I hear you’re putting on some kind of concert. That’s good. People need to be entertained, they need the distraction. I wish to God that someone would be able to block out the voices in my head for five minutes, the voices that scream, over and over again: “Why do they come to me to die? Why do they come to me to die?”
Garth: How can you sleep like that?
Del Preston: Listen, Sonny Jim. Sleeping like this will add ten years to your life. I learned it from Keith Richards when I toured with the Stones. This may be the reason why Keith cannot be killed by conventional weapons.
Honey: Take me, Garth!
Garth: Where? I’m low on gas and you need a jacket.
Del Preston: Woodstock? That was quite a show, man.
Garth: You were at Woodstock?
Wayne: Excellent! What was it like?
Del Preston: It rained all morning, and then it cleared up in the afternoon. And that’s it, I almost remembered something else, but it’s gone.
Garth: Uh, Wayne, you know, I don’t think you should mention that Jim Morrison thing anymore. It’s just that people have started to talk, you know. They’re saying things like, “Hey, there goes Garth and his friend Wayne… the psychopath.”
Honey Horne: So, would you like to have dinner one night?
Garth: Oh, I like to have dinner every night.
Honey Horne: I’m going to be frank.
Garth: OK. Can I still be Garth?
Wayne: Excuse me, what are you guys doing here in the middle of the street?
Chicken-man: Well, I’m putting these chickens in crates, and stacking them right here. Jim’s job is to make sure we always have plenty of watermelons.
Wayne: Oh, so you’re selling watermelons.
Jim: No, no sir. We just have to make sure we have plenty of them stacked at all times, just like with these here chickens.
Garth: What do these guys do?
Chicken-man: Well, their job is to walk back and forth with this big plate-glass window every couple of minutes.
Wayne: Yeah, you’ve got to wonder if this is gonna pay off later on.
Wayne: Where are you going?
Garth: Mikitas. Aren’t you coming?
Wayne: No, I’ll just embarrass you. I’ll just stay here and lick the cat’s butt.
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