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.
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.
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.
Garth: Are you going to marry her?
Wayne Campbell: Garth, marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries.