A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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?
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