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Wayne's World

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Lowbrow '90s comedy has raunchy humor, profanity.
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  • Review Date: October 14, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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

Consumerism

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.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 14, 1992
DVD release date:July 10, 2000
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

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Teen, 14 years old Written bydavstern1500 October 10, 2011

Great movie.

Great and appropriate, except for one scene. Know your kids first. For more information, contact me on YouTube - davstern1500
Kid, 11 years old November 27, 2009

Real Hilarious

I saw the 2nd movie first and tought it was super funny and i wanted to see the 1st one.I found the first movie at a market place for a really cheap price and bought it.It is a little wrong because the make it real obvious.One man says to Garth and another guy "I love you man." and they think he's joking but he was serious but that's sopossed to be more of funny and crude than to sound inappropriate.the only part i didn't like was the part where Cassandra was on the phone and Wayne was in his underwear(pretty disgusting)though what he did to distract her fromher phone call was pretty funny(imatated Marylyn Monroe)lol.Then they had that little "sex" scene which more looking like a mixture of wrestling and makingout.It might be just a little bit too much for little children.
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

SNL

SNL skits become movies a lot now. They are generally funny skits. I thought this was a great movie as is the skit. Man SNL rocks.

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