The Reviewing Network’s Favorite Movies #49: Wayne’s World

Wayne’s World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris, produced by Lorne Michaels and written by Mike Myers and Bonnie and Terry Turner. The film stars Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar. It was adapted from a sketch of the same name on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Wayne’s World follows Wayne Campbell, a young rock ‘n’ roll fan who lives with his parents and has a collection of hairnets and name tags from former jobs in the fast-food industry. However, he and his best friend Garth Algar, also a fan of rock ‘n’ roll, are presenting a public-access television show titled Wayne’s World which is broadcast from Wayne’s parents’ basement. Everything changes when a television executive decides to buy the show in order to sell the sponsorship rights to the wealthy owner of a video arcade chain. Suddenly, Wayne is at risk of losing his show, his best friend and his new girlfriend Cassandra.

Wayne’s World was Myers’ feature film debut. It also features: Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Lara Flynn Boyle, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robert Patrick (spoofing his role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Chris Farley, Ed O’Neill, Ione Skye, Meat Loaf, and Alice Cooper.

The movie was released on February 14, 1992, and was a critical and commercial success. Its sequel, Wayne’s World 2, was released on December 10, 1993.

What more could I even say about this movie that hasn’t already been said. It’s just a great movie.

Just one of the silliest, funniest comedies ever put together, not only just a great transition of the SNL sketch to the big screen but just a funny comedy.

Mike Myers & Dana Carvey are incredible in this working off each other so well and it works because of its’ self referential humor and its’ awareness that what’s happening is absolutely ridiculous.

It’s just a funny, solid comedy that just works on so many levels in terms of its’ comedy, its’ stars, its’ atmosphere, its’ mentality, its’ self awareness, it’s a great, great comedy. One of the funniest movies ever made, period.

It lead to more SNL sketches to be translated into the big screen but could any of them be as good as Wayne’s World was? We’ll find out at the next one.

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