Wayne’s World (1992)

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Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Touch and go.

I’m a guy that likes all sorts of genres in film, even when others don’t…but I do have my kryptonite as well. I can watch the most outlandish, random humor, sketchball comedies out there and have a ball…if I see the story actually going somewhere, aka, plot. Take Dumb & Dumber for example, one of the best dumb random humor comedies out there, and you know the plot – it’s getting to Aspen. Just like any other story, they run into obstacles along the way – it fits. Wayne’s World is a bit odd for me, because not only does it lack significant plot, but you kind of had to be there when their SNL skit was a hit, which I wasn’t.

To offer some background on the story, Wayne and Garth run a cable access TV show from their basement, and for some reason or another…they are a smashing hit with their age group. I guess kids have literally nothing to actually watch on TV. Anyways, there is a local casino owner in town that’s just too old to appeal to a younger crowd, so he buys Wayne and Garth’s show, Wayne’s World to get his advertising out there, and suddenly Wayne’s World is a real show, but the producers of the show don’t have the show’s best interest at heart. You’ll see.

As you can see, there is some plot there, a lot more than what you’ll see from movies like it. The problem is that the plot itself is pretty muffled out by the random antics of Wayne and Garth, which I do understand, but I was actually interested in the story as well, which I couldn’t really focus on very well. The reason people actually he this, though, isn’t really for story as much as characters. That, I can understand, but at the same time, the characters don’t mean a lot to me.

As most of you are aware, Wayne’s World is based off of one of the more popular and long-running sketches on NBC’s Saturday Night Live back in…probably the late eighties. While I am at least old enough to remember the sketch, I was still too young at the time to be allowed to watch it, because it was, I don’t know, inappropriate or something. I didn’t grow up with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, I’ve only seen them in so many things years after this film. Wayne’s World may be a popular sketch, but forgive me for saying I don’t care. I didn’t grow up with them, and even though they tried to make this a standalone project, you kind of have to at least have some knowledge of the sketch in order to appreciate everything, which I don’t.

The characters themselves aren’t bad, but you can kind of see how they’re meant for a 4-5 minute short sketch. There are certain jokes that they both pull off throughout the film that really work, and on the other end, really don’t. It’s kind of like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy in a way. You have all of these crude characters that are also kind of dumb, amidst a plot that is both irrelevant and almost nonexistent. Anchorman, however, wasn’t a sketch. Anchorman was written from the beginning as a film, and as such, I found it much more enjoyable. Maybe I just liked the characters in that more, I don’t know. All I can really say is that I had trouble even forcing myself to laugh in this movie…I guess it’s just not my thing.

The Good:

If you grew up in the late eighties, maybe early nineties, than this film actually might really work well for you, because it might even have a good level of nostalgia throughout. The characters, in theory, are actually pretty awesome, and can pull off a good joke now and then.

The Bad:

If you grew up in the nineties like me, you would have simply heard of Wayne’s World, but actually knew very little of what it was about, and it won’t affect you much. If you grew up in the ‘00s, then I can’t see anyone really liking it. I review for a modern audience, and I don’t think a modern audience can appreciate the movie at all. They won’t be able to connect with the characters, they won’t be able to follow a plot, and there won’t be any nostalgia to save it from doom. It depends on who you are and when you grew up, but I’m on the fence with this one.

Memorable Quote:

Garth: Are you going to marry her?

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

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7 thoughts on “Wayne’s World (1992)

  1. “Garth, marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries” – haahahahahaha. Otherwise, will go ahead and take your suggestion and skip this one.

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    • To each their own – I was being as objectionable as possible when I wrote this. I far from hated it, but my reviews are aimed for a modern audience with modern expectations, and the comedy here is based on an aged SNL skit that, let’s be honest, no one in a modern audience will connect with as well as they could when this was released over 20 years ago.

      If you love the movie, then I’m really glad.

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  2. I would suggest you ignore this conceited cunt asinine review of a 90’s PG rated movie and just enjoy yourselves and stop attempting to feel like you belong to some collective conscience. This review typecasts people born in the 90’s to have a different idea of what comedy should be. No, dave, comedy is comedy. Wayne’s World is a classic for people who don’t conform to the latest trends. Grow the fuck up Dave.

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    • Such anger over an opinion. I don’t know how much you know about reviews, but critics watch thousands of movies that they want to – and movies they don’t, which gives them an outside perspective on what truly makes a good movie to the general public – and yes – comedy ages. There are plenty of comedies that don’t hit the right note anymore, which is fine. You can still watch for nostalgia, but nostalgia isn’t enough.

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  3. And like you said, you review for a ‘modern’ audience. Which comprises of indecisive indie kids who have no real talent. And love the fuck out of dubstep which is a purile stain upon the quintessence that is musical merit. Why do you not simply ask the 2nd 80’s generation of douchebag kids what they think of 90’s comedy flicks such as this one since that is who you claim your target is. Must suck.

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