By Scott G. Mignola,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Lowbrow '90s comedy has raunchy humor, profanity.
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Wayne scoffs at the suggestion of marriage: "Marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries." Scammers might try to cheat you.
Positive Role Models
Wayne and Garth are loyal friends to each other. Garth is shy, and his friend says he "has never been mad at anything in your life." Ben is a slick conniver who cheats Wayne and Garth out of the rights to their show for money.
Violence & Scariness
The local donut shop owner is given to musing on violent possibilities, such as murder and ripping someone's "still beating heart out of his chest." A large man blocking Garth's view at a club shoves Garth out of the way rather than politely moving. Garth returns with a cattle prod and gives the man a jolt. An unstable ex-girlfriend gives Wayne a gun rack as a gift. A distracted woman bicycles into a parked car. A police officer stops Ben and puts on a rubber glove, suggesting an anal examination is in store. Later Ben is seen walking haltingly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The guys call attractive women "babes" and comment that someone's apartment is "a fully functional babe lair." Referring to a poster of model Claudia Schiffer, Wayne and Garth give her a high rating on "the strokability scale" and announce they have "tent poles" for her. They make a "hand job" joke. Out of jealousy, an ex-girlfriend kisses a stranger in front of Wayne. Wayne dances around his girlfriend's bedroom in briefs, then pulls them up like a thong to reveal his cheeks. Lying on a bed, he and his girlfriend kiss, clothed, with a subtitle reading "Gratuitous Sex Scene." To the Hendrix hit "Foxy Lady," Garth does a suggestive pelvis pump dance. Ordering Chinese food, Wayne suggests "cream of sum yun guy." Alice Cooper performs "Feed My Frankenstein," the lyrics of which are a sexual metaphor. A woman is dressed in a small bikini-like outfit.
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"S--t," "butt," "dweeb," "dick," "babia majora," "ass," "gimp," "penis," "suck," "screw," "poke."
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Products & Purchases
The movie makes fun of product placement by prominently featuring Doritos, Reebok, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, and other products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A drunken guy constantly threatens to vomit.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wayne's World began as a 1990s Saturday Night Live skit, and the characters' combination of innocence, idiocy, and raunch parlayed the concept into two movies and a slacker, triumph-of-the-little-guy cultural phenomenon. The guys appreciate "babes" and delight in making jokes about "hand jobs" and their "tent poles." Affecting coolness, but ultimately self-aware enough to understand that in many essential ways they are "not worthy," they "party on," open to scammers and anyone brighter than they. Expect to hear "s--t," "ass," "dick," "penis," and "screw." A drunken guy constantly threatens to vomit. A large man blocking Garth's view at a club shoves Garth out of the way rather than politely moving; Garth returns with a cattle prod and gives the man a jolt. An unstable ex-girlfriend gives Wayne a gun rack as a gift. A police officer stops Ben and puts on a rubber glove, suggesting an anal examination is in store; later Ben is seen walking haltingly.
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What's the Story?
Based on the Saturday Night Live skit, WAYNE'S WORLD follows public access hosts and wannabe rockers Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) as they prepare to bring their show to network television. The guys are thrilled at the prospect, but their dreams of making it big hit a snag when they find out that the executive leading the project (Rob Lowe) is a sleazebag who's after Wayne's girlfriend, Cassandra (Tia Carrere).
Is It Any Good?
Wayne's World is lowbrow, so there's very little cleverness, but to the movie's credit, it's at least relatively inoffensive, with only a few pelvic thrusts and one gratuitous body-cavity search. There's something engaging about star and co-writer Mike Myers here, but Dana Carvey, with his nerd glasses and teased hair, is an unfunny eyesore.
As for the rest of the cast, Rob Lowe shows less range of expression than a plaster garden gnome, Tia Carrere bounces in occasionally to growl a rock ditty and cavort in tight-fitting outfits, and Lara Flynn Boyle throws credibility to the wind as Wayne's ex-girlfriend.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the main characters' treatment of women. Do you think it's funny or too sexist to be amusing?
Do you think the humor is still funny or does it seem dated?
What do you think these two characters are up to these days? Do you think another movie would work? Why, or why not?
- In theaters: February 14, 1992
- On DVD or streaming: July 10, 2001
- Cast: Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Tia Carrere
- Director: Penelope Spheeris
- Studio: Paramount Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 95 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: crude humor
- Last updated: January 28, 2023
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