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Wayne's World (1992)

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Wayne's World
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Genres:
Absurd Comedy, Anarchic Comedy, Comedy, Satire
Director:
Penelope Spheeris Penelope Spheeris
Starring:
Mike Myers Mike Myers
Dana Carvey Dana Carvey
Rob Lowe Rob Lowe
Tia Carrere Tia Carrere
Brian Doyle-Murray Brian Doyle-Murray

7.1 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: March 27, 2007
Saturday Night Live has been around for over thirty years now and numerous movies based on popular sketches from the show have been made, but for some reason, nearly all of them have sucked. The Blues Brothers was a classic and Office Space has loose connections to the show, but everything else has been lackluster at best... everything else, that is, with the exception of Wayne's World.

Once again, we have ourselves a film that I'm sure most of you have seen before, but in sticking to my usual review format, I'm going to spell out the plot anyway. Who knows, maybe one of you hasn't seen it yet and need a bit of enlightenment. Anyway, the storyline follows Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey), two slackers who run a comedy show on public access television out of Wayne's parents' basement entitled, appropriately enough, "Wayne's World." This leads us to Benjamin Kane (Rob Lowe), a sleazy television producer who sees nothing but dollar signs while watching these two kids from Aurora, Illinois. He immediately contacts them and presents them with big-money contracts, but there's a catch: Benjamin wants to redo the entire show from the ground up and the use it as a vehicle to promote a chain of arcades. Of course, Wayne and Garth failed to realize this before signing the contract, and if that wasn't bad enough, Benjamin has his eye on Wayne's ultra-hot girlfriend Cassandra (Tia Carrere). Harsh.

Wayne's World is one of those rare comedies that remains as funny as it was on release day regardless of how many times you watch it. There are numerous scenes found within that are simply classic - who can forget the stirring rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" performed from within Garth's car, and Garth's lip-sync of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire" will never lose its charm. These musical references (and there are plenty of them) are well-placed instead of being thrown in to pad out the accompanying soundtrack release, and let us not forget the abundance of pop-culture references as well. This is one of those films that features so many nods and nudges that you'll catch something new every time you watch it, even fifteen years after its initial release.

A comedy can feature all the references a writer can come up with and then some, but it'll only truly work out if the leading men (or women) can successfully pull it off - and let me tell you, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey had a natural chemistry going between them. The two play off of one another perfectly, and watching them here reminds viewers as to why they're two of the more memorable gentlemen to emerge from SNL. Also be on the lookout for the various cameo appearances inserted throughout the running time: Alice Cooper, Chris Farley, Meat Loaf, Robert Patrick, Ed O'Neill, and numerous others show up in various roles as things move along.

Wayne's World is one of those movies that deserves every last bit of the praise that it received, and it has definitely aged gracefully - even when factoring in its numerous pop culture references. The comedy is genuinely funny, the soundtrack is superb, and the film is just all-around excellent. 9/10.
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bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 03/27/2007, 10:27 AM
Along with "Wayne's World II", these are -- in my opinion -- the funniest films ever made from SNL skits. The humor here is so on-target and all of the performances are aces, especially Mike Myers, Dana Carvey and Rob Lowe. I laugh my ass off every time I see the sequence with all of the ridiculous product placements. Ed O'Neill is also funny as hell. One of my favorite comedies of all-time. 10/10.
Griffinheart #2: Griffinheart - added 10/04/2007, 08:30 PM
Definitely a 10/10. I absolutely love this movie. I even enjoyed the "making of" feature, which I usually don't. Dana Carvey based Garth's speech patterns and tone off of one of his childhood friends who used to have a great mechanical mind: "I fixed the dryer with a butter knife. It'll never break again."
Lucid Dreams #3: Lucid Dreams - added 05/02/2009, 01:30 AM
Great movie, it has a tons of laughs no matter what a certain person thinks........you know who you are! 9/10
Nirrad #4: Nirrad - added 08/27/2009, 08:37 PM
"and it has definitely aged gracefully"

Indeed it has. This movie is even better than what I remembered because I now get all the jokes.
10/10
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