Cert: PG Runtime: 94 mins Director: Penelope Spheeris Cast: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe and Tia Carrere
I once thought I had mono for an entire year. It turned out I was just really bored
Mike Myers was at his prime when he wrote Wayne’s World, after watching it the other day it definitely should be this weeks blast from the past.Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) is a heavy metal fanatic living in a suburban Chicago neighborhood. On a Friday Night, Wayne and his eccentric best friend, Garth Algar (Dana Carvey)hosts “Wayne’s World”, a public cable network TV show in Wayne’s basement and is very popular. “Wayne’s World” catches the attention of handsome TV network executive Ben Oliver (Rob Lowe) who wants “Wayne’s World” on his television network in downtown Chicago and sponsored by billionaire Noah Vandahoff, one of the largest owners in the arcade business. With “Wayne’s World” now on a Prime Time TV network, Wayne and Garth find themselves moving up big time and Wayne finds himself falling in love with Cassandra Wong (Tia Carrere), a Chinese-American lead singer of a heavy metal band. But Ben has a hidden agenda and plans on ruining their show and he bids to steal Cassandra from Wayne if Wayne and Garth do not make a success in making “Wayne’s World” #1 in the TV ratings. Wayne and Garth finds the show isn’t the same and Wayne plans to help Cassandra make it big time with her career.
Mike Myers has a talent for picking horrible movies to act in. I mean the Love Guru? I can only be glad, I guess, that he started out in SNL, and did stuff that was actually funny. If not for SNL, Wayne’s World, and Shrek, I honestly might believe that the Michael Myers from the Halloween movies might have a better sense of humor than this Mike, albeit a twisted and violent one. I have a feeling he would be a dead baby joke type of person. But Im rambling.Anyway, among all the Mike Myers movies, this easily the best. It is so off the wall and unexpected that you can’t help but laugh, if nothing else, and the quirkiness of the film endings. I mean the Scooby-Doo ending? Extremely close up? And of course the shpeel involving corporate advertising. How can this not make you laugh hysterically?Not of all the movie is that good. But these sub-par elements are so minor in the film’s context that they don’t detract too much. For instance, the plot is paper thin. The movie seems to follow more of an hour and a half SNL skit (which, granted it was based on in the first place) rather than an actual movie format. And while some SNL skits have been turned into pictures on the silver screen, very very few of them are successful. (truthfully, how many of you could figure out a way to expand the Schweddy Balls concept to 90 minutes. Thankfully, this funniest of all SNL skits hasn’t been desecrated by an extended storyline.) This stupid analogy was simply to explain how some skits, while side-splitting in six minute micro-doses would drag on and on if they tried to be expanded beyond their parameters.Again, these severely restricted plots work better with this sketch than they would with almost any other, because the sketch itself is just so incredibly random.
It has no problem going outside the parameters, because there weren’t really any parameters or limitations to contain it. So while the plot is very limited, by no means is it fatally so. I also have the sinking feeling that any big plot added to the script would have dragged it down. It has an eclectic feel. Nothing is focused, and it leaves the jokes (and there are plenty) even more funny, because they come out of nowhere and are just so off the wall.Mike Myers has a lot to do with this. The other characters don’t add much of anything, except for Garth, but hey this is about Wayne, right? Mike Myers takes absolute control of the script, comically driving it on and on, in a flurry of hilarious relentlessness. So, while it’s not perfect, Wayne’s Workd is much funnier than most other comedies. It is also one of the few movies where factors that so often worsen a film actually improve the comedic aspect, at least. And with that being the point of a comedy, I am certain it is absolutely true to say that Wayne’s World is a genuine success.7.4/10