Movie Review: Wayne's World (1992)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 1992 comedy starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey.

Synopsis: Aurora, Illinois native Wayne Campbell is struggling to find his place in life but has some moderate success with a public-access television show he broadcasts out of his parents' basement with his best friend, Garth. Things begin to look up for him when a television executive buys the rights to his show. But, when he is unable to cope with the contractual obligations that come with the agreement, he quickly finds himself in danger of losing his show, his best friend and his new girlfriend.

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Review

I recently learned this movie is celebrating its 25th anniversary and, realizing it had been a long time since I had taken the time to watch it, I decided to do just that this week. Since it had been a while since I saw the film, I wasn't really sure if I would like it as much as I remembered. However, this movie is still as funny as it was the first time I saw it.

The Mike Myers and Dana Carvey pairing is fantastic. They play off of each other and, at the same time, seem to constantly try to out do each other. This keeps the movie fresh throughout, simply because you never really know what is going to happen next.

They also get quite a bit of help from the supporting cast. Tia Carrere is fantastic as Wayne's love interest (she isn't the typical pretty face) and the movie gets a boost from minor characters played by strong performers like Ed O'Neill and Lara Flynn Boyle

One thing I found I liked best about this movie is how seemingly insignificant plot twists, such as Wayne (Myers) and Garth (Carvey) talking to a bodyguard (Chris Farley) outside of an Alice Cooper concert end up playing a larger role later. Again, that is something more movies (especially in this genre) need to do more often because it keeps an otherwise predictable plot from becoming mundane.

As I watched this movie, I also realized I had completely forgotten about the Clue-like ending and, because of that, I was pleasantly surprised with just how much I enjoyed it. That, alone, makes this movie worth watching. Everything leading up to the ending is icing.

Final Opinion

Even after 25 years, this movie remains a great comedy both because of it's simple, yet not overly predictable, plot and because of some memorable performances from the cast. If you haven't seen the film, or it has been a while since you watched it, I recommend it.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 02/17/2017, StevenHelmer
 
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