Starring: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Brian Doyle-Murray, Kurt Fuller
Directed by: Penelope Spheeris
Written by: Mike Myers, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 34 min
If I were to take the time and build a list of great comedies from the 1990’s, I would eagerly include Wayne’s World. Wayne’s World? Yes, Wayne’s World, party time, excellent!
At only 94 minutes long, it’s a quick fun ride, filled with incredibly inventive comedy and dialog that you might have even heard your grandma quoting. Such was the enormous impact this film had on popular culture. I personally must have used the ‘Ex-squeeze me? Baking powder?’ line hundreds of times, and how often have you heard someone end a sentence with – NOT!
When you hear Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, do you remember the band’s music video, or Wayne (Mike Myers), Garth (Dana Carvey) and friends head banging as they drive down the street in their awesome 1976 AMC Pacer? If you don’t, then you’ve probably not seen this film before.
The plot is simple enough. Wayne and Garth host their own public-access network television show, and are a local hit in their home town of Aurora, Illinois. That is until a wealthy manipulative TV executive offers to buy the show and provide sponsorship. Money and a love interest follows, and to be honest, the story isn’t too important as it’s pretty predictable.
The fun is in how Wayne and Garth react to each situation, and the great touches Bonnie and Terry Turner, along with Mike Myers, add to the screenplay. Penelope Spheeris’s direction is unfussy and gets the job done, and the film is loaded with some great special appearances from the world of Heavy metal music, and the Saturday Night Live crew.
If you’re in the mood for some lighthearted fun, and Mike Myer’s on top form then give this film a try. The humor occasionally has some sexual connotations, but the language stays relatively clean. The soundtrack leans towards rock and heavy metal, but even if you’re not a huge fan of those kinds of music, I still think you’ll find Wayne’s World enjoyable.
This isn’t a massively visual film, so a regular DVD or streaming show over your TV, Laptop, Tablet or phone will service it well enough.
There are lots of great moments, but my favorite is the ‘sponsor’ segment. The guys repeatedly talk about rejecting product placement and corporate sponsorship, while interacting with products from Pizza Hut, Pepsi, and Reebok.