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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Wayne's World 2 is the 1993 sequel to the hit original movie spawned from the popular SNL franchise. Just as in the first movie and the comedy sketches, this film is replete with sexual innuendo and entendre -- the ever-popular "Schwing!" catchphrase is used, and in one scene Wayne says that a woman would "give a dog a bone." Since this movie is music-centered -- the guys are trying to get Aerosmith to perform at a festival they've called "Waynestock" -- there are scenes in bars and clubs where adult characters drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. Profanity includes "s--tty," "eat me," and "sphincter." In one scene, Wayne jokingly tells his friends that he's going to "go lick the cat's butt." There is a comical martial arts parody sequence. A character is kicked in the groin, followed by two sleigh bells coming out of his pants.
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What's the story?
While still hosting their cable-access show "Wayne's World," Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) now have their own place, and things seem to be going well with Wayne and his girlfriend, Cassandra in WAYNE'S WORLD 2. This sense of routine is disrupted when Wayne begins to realize that Cassandra's manager (Christopher Walken) seems to be attracted to Cassandra and wants to take her to Hollywood to make her famous. Wayne has a dream in which he meets Jim Morrison of the Doors, who tells him that he should set up a music festival in his hometown of Aurora, Illinois. Calling it Waynestock, Wayne (with Garth's help) must find a way to get Aerosmith to play the festival; meanwhile, he also must find a way to stop the wedding of Cassandra and her manager that's on the verge of taking place.
Is it any good?
Though not as fun as the original, this movie does have quite a few genuinely funny moments, in spite of the (by then) overused catchphrases, formulaic story line, and gratuitous use of Aerosmith. The near note-for-note parody of the ending of The Graduate, for instance, is inspired, and the cameos from comedy greats such as Chris Farley, Bob Odenkirk, and Robert Smigel also are hilarious. It's a goofy, self-aware movie that has somehow aged better than many other comedies from the early 1990s.
Still, what prevents this movie from being even better is that by the time it was made, Wayne and Garth had run their course. Between SNL and the original Wayne's World movie, too many of the jokes, one-liners, and catchphrases had been driven into the ground. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey seem to know this and try to find ways to get beyond a "sophomore slump," but Wayne and Garth weren't exactly three-dimensional, fully drawn characters to begin with and had already overperformed -- comedically and at the box office -- from their simple "cable access" roots. There really wasn't a compelling reason to make a sequel out of these characters.
Talk to your kids about ...
- In theaters: December 10, 1993
- On DVD or streaming: July 10, 2001
- Cast: Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Tia Carrere
- Director: Stephen Surjik
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 94 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: Ribald humor.
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