“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1992 / Director: Penelope Spheeris / Actors: Mike Myers, Ed O'Neill ... / DVD released 03 December, 2001 at Paramount Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
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FILM ONLY REVIEW
Wayne and Garth are not your average American men, they still live with their parents and have had a run of un successful job but they do have their own TV show, Wayne's World on local television. The show is see by a top TV executive who decides he wants to buy and own the show so he can make money by advertising different companies on it. Wayne and Garth are only interested in making money so they agree to sign contracts but soon discover they have made a mistake.
Wayne and Garth are on one of their nights out when Wayne falls in love with the singer and guitarist of the playing band but can he seduce her with his dodgy dance moves? Can Wayne and Garth save their show now they are owned and big changes are being made or is the end of Wayne's World?
I did shock my hubby when I said I had never seen this film before so he did make me sit down and watch it and I have to say I did enjoy it a lot and despite a lot of the humour being daft I did find it very funny. The story was good and original for the year this was made and I loved the acting and some of the famous cameo roles there were.
The lead role of Wayne was played by Mike Myers and he did a super job. He bought the character to life and made he appear very daft and a bit stupid. He was still living at home but he did not care about this and only had one dream n life and that was to own a top guitar which the local music shop was selling. He played the part well and made me warm to and believe in his character. He did bring a lot of humour to the film and this was only strengthened by the chemistry with the role of Garth. Garth was played by Dana Carvey and he to was great. He was a lot different to the role of Wayne , he was more shy and hated being front of the stage on the show. He seemed to have a secret genius side which as hiding and trying to get out through all the dumbness which was at the front. His appearance was comical and he too played some good daft jokes in the film.
We had some good support roles and the few which stood out were, Benjamin Kane, played by Robert Lowe, Cassandra, played by Tia Carrere and Noah Vanderhoff, played by Brian Doyle-Murray. We did have a cameo from Meatloaf and he was good in the small role.
There is a lot of humour in the film but I would warn that some people may find a lot of it more daft than fun. I was in a good light mood when watching this film so did find it very funny. The role of Wayne and Garth bought the main humour to the film and this was by both visual and spoken gags. I did cringe at some of the dance moves the guys did as this was embarrassing more than funny. The hair styles and clothes also added to the humour.
The film was made in 1992 and this is very apparent from the clothes and hairstyles. I was pleased to see the other characters change clothes but Wayne only wore the came outfit the whole way through the film which was a bit off putting. I suppose it just added to his character but I would have liked to see him in other clothes. The sets were all very good and in keeping with the film and they were bright and enjoyable. The effects which we had were also in keeping with the film, the car scenes had badly added back drops but for me this only added to the fun-ness of the film.
The music was excellent and the one scene which stands right out for me is when the guys are all in the car and they put on the Queen favourite Bohemian Rhapsody, I love this scenes as it uses on of my all time favourite songs and the way they sing along and head bang is hilarious. The rest of the music was good and fitted well into the film but for me there was only one stand out track and I think we can all associate this song to the film even if we have not see the film we would have seen this clip as it has been used in a lot of other shows.
This is a film only review so there are no bonus tracks to be talked about. The running time of the film is 94 minutes and I found this to be a great length and the rate is a PG which I do agree with. The DVD can be bought for just a few pounds on line and I think it is well worth£5 of anyone's money.
I am happy to give this film a good strong 4 stars. I have dropped one as it is looking a little dated now. The story is good and the acting and humour excellent. I think all teenagers will love and appreciate the humour and daftness of this film.
Wayne's World is an American comedy about two young 'losers' from Aurora, Illinois, who broadcast their own cable TV show from their basement. It was written by Mike Myers, Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, and starred Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as the two main characters, Rob Lowe as the evil TV producer and Tia Carrere the love interest.
The film was released on February 14, 1992 and took over $183,000,000 across the world. It also spawned a sequel, with a very similar plot, a few years later.
Chris Farley made his debut in this film as a security guard at the Alice Cooper concert. He also appeared in the sequel as a friend of the Wayne and Garth's.
Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar are two slacker friends from Illinois who broadcast their own TV show from Wayne's basement. While producing their very popular show, an evil producer approaches them with a deal to give their show a wider audience on a network, as long as they agree to have a local Arcade game owner advertise his business on their show. In the meantime Wayne has met and fallen in love with a local budding musician, Cassandra, played by Tia Carrere. While Wayne and Garth are distracted with the complications of their new success the rich and powerful producer played by Rob Lowe, has other plans for Cassandra himself. Will Wayne end up with the girl, or is Benjamin more than his match?
Wayne's World was one of the most successful and influential films of the early 1990s. The key phrases from the movie "Not!!" and "Party on!" became the in things to say all around the world at the time and the performance of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the car became one of the most famous scenes of the era, even propelling the song back into the charts.
It's a very enjoyable and influential film, maybe a little too rude for children in places, but anyone aged 11 and up should enjoy this film. It has very clever dialogue, and the tongue in cheek plot is great for those who have watched this basic love story many times before.
It is a great film for the family, though maybe not for little children.
Wayne Campbell: No way!
Garth Algar: Way!
Garth Algar: Hey Phil, if you're gonna spew, spew into this.
Can you believe Wayne's World came out in 1992! Thats 17 years ago! Wow, I feel old. This is a really great comedy that took the world be storm in the early 90's. Wayne's World is a crazy American comedy directed by Penelope Spheeris. The films stars Dana Carvey and Mike Myers, this is really the film that launched Myers' career and made him the star he now is. The film was big at the box office, surprisingly it only won 3 awards and only got a few other nominations. However it has gone on to become a cult classic!
The film tells the story of two young men named Wayne and Garth. They are two slackers who have there own TV show on local cable called Wayne's World. The show features them doing crazy things and making fools of them selves. A big TV producer notices the show and offers them a big money deal to make the show into a hit TV series. So suddenly Wayne and Garth have to deal with stardom and live the lives of stars.
This is a great film. It was something really fresh and new that we had not really seen before. The comedy was at times clever and subtle and at other times really in your face. The story is really good fun and get you involved.
There are some classic scenes in this one, the one that stands out is when the boys are in the murf mobile, (the car) and bohemiam rhapsody is playing on the sound system. The guys sing along and then really rock out to the rock bit. The film even mamaged to get the song re-released.
The characters in the film are great, such good fun, so original and very clever. There is loads of comedy to enjoy and its just a real feel good film that I love.
The film runs for 94 minutes which is quite short really, it could probably have gone on for a little longer as it really flies by.
The film is rated as PG. There is some swearing and some scenes of a sexual nature, but there all pretty tame and should not offend to many people i don't think.
The DVd itself is OK. A few extras but nothing really that special, I think you should be looking to buy this one for the film itself and not any extras you might be looking for!
Overall this is a great film that I have enjoyed for many years. It really has a massive cult following and it was so good they even made a second film. If you have never seen Wayne's World its one you really must see. I don't think everyone will like it but even so its just one of them films you have to see. All that I can say is, Party On Dudes!
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Wayne's World is a wild and hilarious film that spawned from the successful skit on Saturday Night Live. With iconic performances, great music, and a rowdy sense of silliness, this is a comedy classic from the 90s and extremely rewatchable.
Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) are best friends and also co-hosts of a public access TV show titled Wayne's World, which appeals to teenagers and skewers everything from pop culture to corporate big-wigs. However, when Benjamin Kane (Lowe), a television executive, catches wind of the show, he decides to attempt to buy it up and exploit it, making himself millions in the process by putting the show through a crude corporate commercial wringer.
This film isn't just an amusing look at the heavy metal crowd, thanks to endearing performances by Carvey and Myers, but it's also a rousing observation of corporate greed and the notion of "selling out", and how big media conglomerates bastardise creativity and prefer things to roll out on a conveyerbelt. It's a refreshing comedy that's very clever, and also quirky and offbeat - it's also got fantastic music that's sure to please any metalhead. There are also some excellent pop culture references, such as Robert Patrick reprising his role as the T-1000 from Terminator 2. Tia Carrere is also absolutely gorgeous as Wayne's rocker girlfriend Cassandra, who ranks rather high on the schwiiiing scale that the film invents.
A hilarious (and thanks to the Bohemnian Rhapsody scene, now iconic) and witty comedy that every teenager should love, regardless of your taste in music, although you might prefer it if you enjoy heavy metal and rock music. Myers and Carvey are equally excellent in what is one of the best comedies of all time.
I know this is an ancient film, but while looking through Sky Anytime, the tv on demand kind of thing on Sky+ and Sky HD boxes I saw they had this. I have watched this film loads of times years ago, and thought it was funny then, but would it be any good now - 17 years after it was made?
This film is a comedy and mostly features the 2 main characters.Mike Myers plays Wayne Campbell, and Dana Carvey plays his best friend, Garth Algar. It also features Tia Carrere as Cassandra, who is Wayne's girlfriend.
The film is pretty funny and it kind of looks like a reality tv show, as Wayne and Garth keep talking to the camera.
The storyline is that "Wayne's World" is a popular underground cable access TV show which is done in Wayne's basement by him, Garth and a couple of their rock friends. The show doesn't seem to last long, about three minutes, A businessman attempts, and succeeds to purchase Wayne's World to promote Noah's Arcade, a chain of game arcades across the state. This causes Wayne and Garth to leave the show. Wayne fell in love with Cassandra (Tia Carrere), a bassist and vocalist from "Crucial Taunt", which is a band who played at their local "Gasworks" heavy metal bar. The TV exec eventually steals Wayne's TV show, his girlfriend, and even Wayne and Garth fall out. Before all this Wayne was very happy as he had five thousand pounds, and he was able to afford an expensive Fender Stratocaster guitar, which we see him looking at in the shop, having a play with and then have to put back on it's stand. However, Wayne eventually gets Cassandra back, as well as everything else that he lost.
The endings are good, as there are 3 different ones to show how the film could have turned out such as the happy ending, the sad ending and the Scooby Doo ending ("pesky Kids!").
The film is funny, a bit cheesy, but certainly watchable after all these years. I'm not going to say it is a childish film, but it certainly isn't intellectually stimulating.
One of the momorable bit of the film is the Queen Bohemiam Rhapsody, as Wayne, Garth and 2 of their friends sing it out. There was a cameo from Alice Cooper here as well, and Wayne and Garth get to go backstage at 1 of his concerts.
Worth a watch as it is a blast from the past.
All together now - "Wayne's world, Wayne's world, Party time, excellent!"
Wayne's World is a comedy starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey and is inspired by the "Wayne's World" skits that Myers and Carvey used to do on "Saturday Night Live".
Myers and Carvey play Wayne and Garth, two slacker friends who run a TV show out of Wayne's parents' house, which Wayne still lives at. They mainly just sit around and talk about the two main things that interest them, music and women. They are both big heavy metal fans, and spend a lot of their time partying. The show is quite popular, even though it's only on public cable. It catches the eye of Ben Kane (Rob Lowe), a slimy TV executive who offers Wayne and Garth a deal to be on his TV network in Chicago and to be sponsored by Noah Vanderhoff (Brian Doyle-Murray). Meanwhile, Wayne falls in love with Cassandra, a female singer with a rock n' roll band. Unbeknownst to him though, Ben has a secret plan to oust them from their own show and to steal Cassandra away from Wayne.
This is a film very much in the style of Naked Gun, with a lot of subtle gags you may miss the first time around and a lot of 'play on words' type moments. Wayne knows he's making the film, and sometimes talks to the viewers to tell them what's going on. It pre-dates the post modern ironic scenes that films like "Scream" made popular.
There are a lot of funny moments, and that's helped by a great script. There are great spoofs of advertising within films (one of the best parts of the film) and gratuitous sex scenes. It's all very tongue in cheek and there to show up some of the absurdities in the film industry. The acting is great, Myers and Carvey have been doing these characters for a while before making this movie and they have great chemistry together. Lowe is good as the slimy bad guy in the film and Tia Carrera is great as Wayne's love interest.
Overall a very good comedy film filled with memorable moments and silly likeable characters. Well worth your time, four stars!
Waynes world is hilarious movie about to friends Wayne and garth are best buds and both live at home with there parents however they are starting to find a little fame by making illegal broadcasts of there own show from there moms basements called waynes world,things take off and wayne somehow manages to get a gorgeus girlfriend but a evil tv producer trys to buy out the show and change it into something different.
I first saw this at the cinema(yes im that old lol) and i loved it then,it gave us some of the most memorable sayings like schwing and they followed bill and ted with the excellents!
The cast is top notch with Tia Carrere and Rob Lowe and they are all hilarious,this is a top notch movie and it did have a sequal with most of the original cast but it never was as popular as this original movie,its subject is popular with most people everyone can relate and i think this movie started mike myers famous career, this is definatleyone for the collection
90 minutes long and i found it for £1.99 on Amazon uk
This has to be one of my favourite comedy films as it is absolutely hilarious. This is a film from the days when Mike Myers was actually funny and able to deliver a comic performance that was original and intelligent rather than the bottom and poo style jokes that his comedy has ended up being with films that just do not give me any desire to go and see them.
Originally his character Wayne and that of his sidekick Garth (Dana Carvey) started life as a sketch on Saturday Night Live on American TV and it is testamont to their comic genius that a short sketch can actually be developed to carry a whole film.
Mike Myers ... Wayne Campbell
Dana Carvey ... Garth Algar
Rob Lowe ... Benjamin Kane
Tia Carrere ... Cassandra
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Noah Vanderhoff
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Stacy
Michael DeLuise ... Alan
Dan Bell ... Neil
Lee Tergesen ... Terry
Kurt Fuller ... Russell Finley
Sean Gregory Sullivan ... Phil
Colleen Camp ... Mrs. Vanderhoff
The two heavy metal fans have their own TV channel in the basement of the house and it is basically the two of them on camera messing about and playing rock music and declaring themselves not worthy at the mention of any great rock legend however a big TV company in Chicago sees the chance to cash in and Benjamin Kane (Rob Lowe) is dispatched to sign up the show however he is more interested in fleecing the boys and hitting on Wayne girlfriend played by Tia Carrere.
The comedy in this film is excellent and the two work really well together, there are some sharp one liners and it works well when Myers turns to address the camera straight on and then stops others from doing just that. Everyone tend sto mention the head banging sequence in the car but for me some of the time it is the facial expressions of the two leads that makes me laugh the most.
A most excellent film and well worh watching.
This is an early Mike Myers film and certainly has its funny parts with the stand out moment for me being the scene in the car with the music of Bohemian Rapsody playing and the four head bangers doing the vocals, the cut away shot of the car and the penultimate music change takes place is pure genius.
Mike Myers ... Wayne Campbell
Dana Carvey ... Garth Algar
Rob Lowe ... Benjamin Kane
Tia Carrere ... Cassandra
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Noah Vanderhoff
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Stacy
Michael DeLuise ... Alan
Dan Bell ... Neil
Lee Tergesen ... Terry
Kurt Fuller ... Russell Finley
Sean Gregory Sullivan ... Phil
Colleen Camp ... Mrs. Vanderhoff
Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and his side kick Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) run a public access TV show from a basement of a houase in a small twn in Illinois, the guys are rock music fans and a pair of nerds whose show is devoted to music and sexy women. Garth is the real nerd and is brilliantly played by Carvey. Rob Lowe plays a sleazy TV excutive from Chicago tries to take over the show and steal Waynes girlfriend as well.
The humourin this film is very sharp at times and there are a few movie send ups as well, the boys are a pair of dope heads so this is similar to films like Bill and Ted and other teen drop out movies. Some of the time Myers will talk to the camera and there is an endearin quality about the on screen relationship between Wayne and Garth that is good to watch develop.
This act was orginally a sketch part of Saturday Night Live a show that has launched many top acts in America and although they went on to do a not so funny follow up to this film the first one has plenty of laughs and is well worth seeing.
If you see some of his current output and come to the conclusion that Mike Myers cannot possibly be funny then I would be able to understand and, to a certain extent, agree with you. But he is one of these bizarre individuals who is able to make you laugh when he is not up his own backside and pandering to himself with in jokes that only he finds to be amusing. I don't want to see his latest fare "The Love Guru" and unless someone forces me to watch it at gunpoint, I don't think I will. However, his early works, including this - the amazingly sublime Wayne's World - just show what a talent he is. The sequel is not quite as good but this has it all - good music - good comedy and a spine tingling turn from Ed O' Neill, more famous for his role in Married With Children. This is a film about someone passionate about Music, from someone passionate about comedy, and that can only be a good thing. If only Mike Myers had stuck to this sort of thing... although the scene stealer may be Dana Carvey - as Wayne's best friend and sidekick.
Often a film aimed at the teenage market is lame, dumb and obvious. Waynes World succeeds partly because it can address those prerequisite requirements but also succeed because it is witty, clever and hysterically funny. It manages to be part of the teenage film genre whilst also being a spoof of it.
The film is very simple in its format. It concerns the adventures of Wayne (played by Mike Myers) who develops a zero budget access TV channel from the basement of his house. This in turn was based on a series of sketches Myers had done on Saturday Night Live which had been hugely successful. Wayne is effectively a harmless nerd who has a love of heavy metal music. He still lives with his parents and still acts as if he is a teenager. His best friend is an even bigger nerd Garth played with a joyous vacancy by Dana Carvey. The plot is enriched by Rob Lowe as a slimey TV tycoon Benjamin who seeks to exploit Waynes TV show Waynes World by transferring it to the networks.
What makes the film so successful and funny is that they are really 2 unreconstructed teenagers though both obviously older than that. Their innocent chasing of girls exposes a cute immaturity with cries of Sher-wing supposedly imitating the effect the girls had on their anatomy. It is clear though that these are thoughts expressed to themselves for themselves.
Wayne has a girlfriend Cassandra played by the beautiful Tia Carrere who is also trying to be a rockstar and it transpires Benjamins real interest is in making Cassandra a star. Waynes ex-girlfriend Stacy (Lara Flynn Boyle) also shows up and cannot take the hint that her relationship with Wayne is over. This leads to some very funny dialogue. It is a film where the tight funny dialogue carries all before it. The situation is funny but how Wayne and Garth react to it is most funny. There are cameo appearances from Meat Loaf and from Alice Cooper who is seen as a philosophical prophet in mystic discussions with his band. Wayne and Garth obviously do not comprehend this and merely fall to their crying We're not worthy.
The film is superbly directed by Penelope Spheeris who manages to make it look like an amateur film when clearly it is much better than that. The film has a lot of direct to camera commentary from Wayne and overly obvious product placement. They also telegraph the extreme close-up and gratuitous sex scene parts. The film develops a huge number of daft catchphrases - such as sher-wing and Not!! The film is high on its showy exuberance. The sequence in the car when they listen to Queens Bohemian Rhapsody is probably the one most easily remembered and it does stand as the perfect example of how the humour works. Wayne and Garth are in awe of such stars and basically want to continue being entertained in that way for the rest of their lives.
There are many sections of the film which pay homage the movies and TV. The film ends with a Scooby Doo style explain it all ending, well, actually more than one ending as they continue to subvert the conventions of movies. Basically every last opportunity for a laugh is wrung though.
Waynes World also had a sequel which was even better than the original. Now that really does defy Hollywood convention.
In the US there is a Saturday Night TV tradition known as Saturday Night Live. It's a topical comedy sketch show with guest hosts and guest stars. Over the years it has launched the careers of many stars such as Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi.... the list goes on. Characters from the show have gone on to have movie adaptations. Some of them modest successes but most of them complete failures. Wayne's World and it's sequel are exceptions as they're funny and don't appeal outside of their in-built audience. Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) are two slackers with a late night public access TV show on the local cable network. Their show is seen by a hot TV exec (Rob Lowe) and soon he's offering the duo big bucks to do the show for a big TV network. Wayne and Garth can't believe their 'excellent' luck but soon find the road to fame is long and filled with pitfalls that will test their friendship. Will Wayne win the affections of rock goddess Cassandra (Tia Carrere) and will Garth finally speak to the dream girl in the doughnut shop. This is Wayne's World, it's party time-excellent! This movie is funny primarily due to the comedy timing of Myers and Carvey. Together their characters are amusing and play off each very well. Not only that but the film has many moments of comic genius as well as moments that are very memorable. No one will ever forget the head banging scene that accompanies Queens 'Bohemian Rhapsody' or the moment when they meet Alice Cooper backstage and he educates them on Native American history. The film is played out incredibly tongue in cheek and there are loads of parodies on other movies and TV shows. Its one of those movies where you can dip into certain moments but it's also one of those movies that you'll happily watch every time it appears on TV. Waynes World was a huge hit on VHS video so naturally it
's DVD release would attract a lot of buyers looking to upgrade their copy. Sadly the film is produced by Paramount Pictures who sadly aren't the best mainstream studio when it comes to DVD product. While other studios realize that back catalogue can be a good money spinner when titles are given a good treatment, Paramount instead attempt the bare minimum. The film is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The transfer is up to Paramount's good standard in video transfer. The film was never the most stunning looking movie out there but it's a good sharp picture with very little in the way of print dirt etc. Some of it is a bit soft but this is probably due to the look of the film more than anything. The films also been given a Dolby Digital 5.1 re-mix but it follows the general rule of comedy film soundtracks. There's very little in rear effects and generally it's used for the music. The soundtrack gives off a good experience although this is the kind of film that I'd probably not even crank up the home cinema system for. The experience is still the same without it. Special mention must go to the menus, they come in the form of the menu screens for the Aurora cable TV series so you get various channels with some amusing names, It's a bit slow at times but the idea is nice and a decent alternative to the overblown animated menus you see on a lot of discs. Extras wise we first come to an audio commentary with the films director Penelope Spheeris. This is an entertaining track as Spheeris is an engaging commentator. She doesn't go into the technical side of things but instead she recounts the on-set stories and experiences. It's an entertaining listen from someone who seems to have had a good time making the movie. Next is 'Extreme Close-Up', a 23-minute featurette that has interviews with all the major players such as Myers, Carvey, Rob Lowe. It?s not a bad little feature as we get
the story about how the film came about and how the characters came to be in the first place. There's no behind the scenes footage of note but then this isn't a 'made for TV' special either. Finally you get the theatrical trailer. But this disc is still a wasted opportunity. I would have loved a Myers commentary with Carvey as well. Myers has no problem with doing commentaries on the Austin Powers discs so I'm sure he wouldn't have had a problem doing on for the movie that really launched him. There's also zero footage of the Wayne's World segments that appeared on Saturday Night Live. This would have been a nice idea and a great addition. But still there's always the chance of a money grabbing re-release! This aside Wayne's World on DVD is a good purchase for fans of the film. It can be picked up online for under a tenner at most online retailers, for this price it makes an 'excellent' buy.
Mike Myers is a genius! I saw this back in 1992 at the cinema and I couldn't stop laughing. It really appeals to most peoples sense of humour. Wayne and Garth are the ultimate dudes. Best bits to look out for are Garth's "Foxy Lady" routine, Stacey riding her bike into the stationary car, Wayne's "prompt" cards when he interviews Noah Van Der Hoff and Wayne and Cassandra's conversation in Cantonese. This is a film you can watch over and over again, and anyone who doesn't have a copy, I suggest they go out and get one......NOT!
You will laugh, you will cry you will hurl. And you should never take this film seriously. Critical Appreciation is for Sphincter Boys. But this film takes general spoofery to an absolute maximum as only Mike Myers and Dana Carvey know how. Yeah sure they throw in a bit of a plot, but it's all tongue fully wedged in that cheek (no not butt cheek). If you love MAD magazine then you will love this one. It's about two teanagers - Wayne and Garth (Myers and Carvey) who live a life of partying and have their own television show. When bad guy Benjamin (Rob Lowe) decides to exploit the show. The good guys of course save the day in the end. Look out for cameo roles by Meatloaf, Ed O'Neil (Al Bundy-married with children), (an intellectual) Alice Cooper and supermodel robobabe Donna Dixon. It's non-stop laughter...you'll be blowing chunks from the start to finish...PARTY ON!!
My favourite film of all time, "Wayne's World" is easily accessible to the general public while also instigating a cult of its own. The rock-orientated comedy (spawned from a series of very popular Saturday Night Live sketches by Mike Myers) stars Mike Myers ("Austin Powers") as Wayne Campbell, and Dana Carvey as his best friend, Garth Algar. It also features Tia Carrere as Cassandra, Wayne's tentpole-inducing girlfriend. The film is incredibly funny, and is partially told from a laidback narrative by Wayne and Garth, who occasionally talk to the camera to introduce the events unfolding, yet deny others to speak to the camera. The funniest thing, for me, about the film is that, compared to action films, nothing much actually happens in this film except for Wayne and Garth's everyday rock-n-roll lifestyle. The basic plot is that "Wayne's World" is a popular underground cable access TV show produced in Wayne's basement by him, Garth and a couple of their weird rocker friends. The show basically seems to last about three minutes, and would obviously be fantastic if it were a real show (I know it was a sketch on America's Saturday Night Live in the early nineties, but that ceased in 1993). A weasly businessman attempts (and succeeds) to purchase Wayne's World to promote Noah's Arcade, a chain of game arcades across the state, causing Wayne and Garth to leave the show. Meanwhile, Wayne had fallen in love with Cassandra (Tia Carrere), a bassist and vocalist from "Crucial Taunt", a band who played at their local "Gasworks" heavy metal bar. The TV exec eventually succeeds in stealing Wayne's TV show, his girlfriend, and even makes him lose his best friend, Garth- all a very unpleasant occurence after he had previously been very happy about having five thousand pounds, and being able to afford an expensive Fender Stratocaster guitar. However, Wayne eventually gets Cassandr
a and everything back, and the film's ending is repeated several times in different forms to accomodate everyone's taste (there's the sad ending, the happy ending and even a Scooby Doo ending). The film basically seems to be aming fun of the comedies that have gone before, with its often (intentionally) cheesy dialogue and plot developments which come in useful later (an occurence they fully point out as being very lucky). There's even a cameo by Alice Cooper, the popular seventies to nineties rock star, when Wayne and Garth go to one of his concerts (complete with backstage passes). I remember seeing the film when it first came out, and remembered such immortal, famous lines as "We are not worthy!" and "Ah, the Mirth Mobile." The next time I saw the film (in late 2000) I realised what a piece of pure genius it is, and almost immediately bought the double video set (which included Wayne's Worl 2- not as good, but funnier than the original, at a cost to the realism). There are so many hilarious and famous phrases in this film it's not hard to see why it has become a cult success. My mission now is to find a T-shirt and poster of the film. It's truly a hilarious film that everyone enjoys (only rated PG, so it's fine for the kids), and it's also remembered for ressurrecting the popularity of the seventies band Queen, by playing their hit 1975 song "Bohemian Rhapsody." An amazing film which I'll have to watch right now...
Thanks to Mike Myers' wonderfully rude, lowbrow humour and his full-bodied understanding of who his character is, Wayne's World proved to be that rare thing: a successful transition of a Saturday Night Live sketch to the big screen. Wayne Campbell (Myers) and his nerdy pal Garth (Dana Carvey) are teens who live at home and have their own low-rent cable-access show in Aurora, Illinios, in which they celebrate their favourite female film stars and heavy-metal bands. When a Chicago TV station smells a potential youth-audience ratings hit, the station's weasely executive (Rob Lowe) tries to co-opt the show--and steal Wayne's new rock 'n' roll girlfriend (Tia Carrere) at the same time. Like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure before it (and the later Detroit Rock City), this is a film that affectionately parodies and celebrates slacker teenage culture. It's also filled with all kinds of knowing spoofs of film conventions, from Wayne talking to the camera (while forbidding other characters to do so) and hilariously self-conscious product placements, to labelling a moment a "Gratuitous Sex Scene". Dumb yet clever--and very funny. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com