Wayne's World

Movie review by
Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Lowbrow '90s comedy has raunchy humor, profanity.
  • PG-13
  • 1992
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 30 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Wayne scoffs at the suggestion of marriage: "Marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries." Scammers might try to cheat you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.


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.


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.


"S--t," "butt," "dweeb," "dick," "babia majora," "ass," "gimp," "penis," "suck," "screw," "poke."


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.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMovieenthusiast May 7, 2014

OIder viewers might also not be disappointed...

I challenge whoever wrote the main review. I'm 45 and assume I would be considered an older viewer. Maybe not. But this movie came out when I was in colle... Continue reading
Adult Written bybabygirl92293 March 1, 2012

Waynes World

i love this movie and it is in my top 5. I can watch it a billion times and it never gets old!!! A great movie. There are some parts that could be inappropriate... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCarmen06 June 15, 2020

Hilarious, yet outdated

This movie is humorous and fun. Although it is incredible, the depictions of women are a bit much.
Teen, 15 years old Written bycoasterjay03 September 20, 2018

Popular SNL sketch makes it's way to the big screen, and became a major disappointment at the box office...NOT!!!

As everyone knows, Wayne's world started as a popular sketch on SNL since 1989, and 3 years later, the dynamic duo, Wayne and Garth managed to make their w... Continue reading

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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