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Wayne's World! Wayne's World! Party time! Excellent! Woo-oo-oo-ooh!
Wayne's World is a 1992 comedy film, starring Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, hosts of the Aurora, Illinois-based cable access television show Wayne's World. The film was adapted from a sketch of the same name on NBC's Saturday Night Live.The film grossed $121.6 million in its theatrical run, placing it as the tenth highest-grossing film of 1992 and the highest-grossing film ever based on a Saturday Night Live skit. It was directed by Penelope Spheeris, with Myers co-writing the script.The film also featured Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Lara Flynn Boyle, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robert Patrick (spoofing his role inTerminator 2: Judgment Day), Ed O'Neill, Ione Skye, Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper.The movie follows the adventures of Wayne and Garth, the co-hosts of a cable access show, in their quest for fame and fortune, battling a crooked network executive who tries to undermine both their control over their show and Wayne's attempts to woo Cassandra Wong (Tia Carrere), a rock singer and bassist who also seeks to make her fortune in show business.Wayne's World was followed by Wayne's World 2 (1993), which featured Christopher Walken as record producer Bobby Cahn. In the film, Wayne feels the need to do something with his life, but he doesn't know what until the ghost of Jim Morrison visits him in a dream and tells Wayne that his destiny is to put on an epic rock concert in Aurora. To put on the concert Wayne enlists the help of Garth as well as the world's greatest roadie, Del Preston. Meanwhile, Garth becomes involved with blonde bombshell Honey Hornee (it's pronounced "hor-NAY") while Bobby Cahn plots to break up Wayne and Cassandra so that he can take her with him to Los Angeles.Wayne's World received mostly positive reviews upon release. It was commercially successful (just like every Saturday Night Live-based film up through Ladies' Man), earning $122 million at the box office when it only cost $14 million to make. The second film was a modest box office hit. It earned about 48 million dollars in the United States market, where it was the 28th most successful film of its year. In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted Wayne's World the 41st greatest comedy film of all time.
"WAYNE'S TROPES! WAYNE'S TROPES! INDEX TIME! EXCELLENT!":
Noah: You know, ever since I did your show, kids are looking at me in a whole new way.
Terry: I love you, Man.
Russell: And I love you, because I've learned that platonic love can exist between two grown men.
Benjamin: And I've learned something, too. I've learned that a flawless profile, a perfect body, the right clothes, and a great car can get you far in America - almost to the top - but it can't get you everything.
Wayne: Isn't it great that we're all better people? (beat, with Garth)FISHED IN!
Mocked again in the sequel.
Wayne: Jim, why was I supposed to put on this concert?
Jim Morrison: Because you had to learn that it doesn't matter what you do, Cassandra loves you for who you are. And that being an adult means facing responsibility yet still taking the time to have fun.
Wayne: Right, it's like coming home on Friday night and doing your homework right away so that your Saturday night is free to just party.
Jim Morrison:*clearly annoyed* No, I like the way I said it better.
Affably Evil: Although Benjamin doesn't have a lot of respect for Wayne and Garth, he is always polite and flattering to them. This stands in stark contrast to Bobby Cahn, who is openly dismissive of Wayne and Garth.
The Alcoholic: Phil. Although alcohol is never mentioned in relation to him, almost every time we see him he looks like he's on the verge of throwing up from too much drinking (the only time we really see him sober is when he's doing inspection on the Mirthmobile at the garage where he works).
Phil: [not remembering their trip to the Gasworks] Hey, did you guys go to the Gasworks on Friday night? Wayne: [Referring to him and Phil as well] Yeah, we were there. Phil: There was this band, 'Crucial Taunt'. They had this mega-babe for a lead singer, unreal. Wayne: Phil, we were there. Have you gone mental? Hello!
In Del's story, Ozzy Ozbourne won't perform until he gets a brandy glass full of brown M&Ms. This is based loosely on a real thing. Van Halen had, in their standard contracts, that they had to have a bowl of M&Ms backstage with all of the brown ones removed as a Secret Test of Character to check whether their rider had been followed thoroughly.
Aroused by Their Voice: Handsome Dan's voice is so sexy that Wayne and Garth assume he's a ladies' man. He turns out to be Harry Shearer.
Garth: God, Handsome Dan is so cool. He must get a million chicks.
Wayne: I bet he's totally studly and buffed.
Garth: With a voice like that he's gotta be a babe magnet.
Artistic License – Law: There is a police officer who thinks nothing of subjecting a person to a cavity search on almost no grounds whatsoever. You really need probable cause to violate a person's privacy like that in reality - and they wouldn't do it openly, right there on the side of the road, during a traffic stop.
Basement-Dweller: In the first movie Wayne lives in his parents' basement. By the second film he and Garth have gotten a place of their own.
Wayne: Okay, so I still live with my parents, which I admit is both bogus and sad. But at least I have an amazing public access show! And I still know how to party!
Beat Still, My Heart/And Show It to You: When one of the patrons of the donut shop complains about being laid off, Glenn (Ed O'Neill) says that he should "...find the guy that did it, rip out his still-beating heart, and then hold it in front of his face, so he can see how black it is before he dies!" The patron decides to simply file a grievance with the union. The world is, after all, a twisted place.
Beware the Nice Ones: In the first film, Garth is insulted and then shoved to the ground by a large bully. Garth calmly goes to his car, retreives a cattle prod, returns to the club, and sends the bully flying with a powerful electric shock.
Big "WHAT?!": "It's O.K. She's marrying Bobby. (beat)WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!?"
Bland-Name Product: The film's fictional Stan Mikita's Donuts is a stand-in for ubiquitous Canadian restaurant Tim Horton's Donuts. Mikita and Horton are both Hockey Hall-of-Famers. Horton played for Toronto, actor-writer Mike Myers' hometown; Mikita played his entire NHL career in Chicago, an hour from Wayne's hometown of Aurora.
Bowdlerise: The NES version of Wayne's World toned down the language from the movie. One example (even discussed by The Angry Video Game Nerd) had Wayne and Garth say that they're going to see "the Lousy Beatles," whereas they said they're seeing "the Shitty Beatles" in the film.
Brass Balls: When Wayne kicks Cassandra's father in the nuts in a kung-fu duel, a pair of two Chinese medicine balls (made of metal, of course) fall out.
Break Up Make Up Scenario: When Wayne has an argument with Garth and Cassandra. He makes up with the former, but not with her... until they change the end, that is.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Wayne and Garth do this frequently. In fact, some film classes have examined the way the Wayne's World films treat the viewer as a character in the movie.
In the sequel Wayne encounters a group of men early on engaged in setting up their lampshaded Fruit Carts and moving their Sheet of Glass back and forth across the street. It gets forgotten only to pop up later during the Chase Scene.
When they enter the donut shop, Wayne greets a Mr. Whithers who owns an amusement park. This has no relevance whatsoever until the Scooby-Doo ending, where it turns out Benjamin is Mr. Whithers in disguise.
Cloudcuckoolander: The better we get to know Del Preston in Wayne's World 2, the more evident it becomes that he is completely off his rocker. Garth calls him out on it during the meeting to discuss stage crew positioning for Waynestock.
Del Preston: Alright, ladies and gentlemen. It takes two people to run a concert: one back stage, and one out front. One man alone cannot do this. Wayne, you will run the backstage team. Milton, you are my liaison between Wayne's backstage team and Garth's front-stage team which includes myself in the booth. To the left and right of the stage are machine gun nests armed with M-60 Brownings. Now these babies tend to heat up so make sure you shoot in 3-second bursts. In the event of capture I will personally distribute these cyanide capsules to be placed under the tongue like so. Any questions?
Garth: Yes, I have a question: When did you turn into a nutbar?
Garth shows shades of this from time to time, particularly when Benjamin tries to talk to him one-on-one about changing the show. Garth, who is wearing a bizarre helmet with bits of electronics coming out of it and appears to be working on some form of robotic hand, simply responds awkwardly, "We fear change." The robot hand takes that opportunity to suddenly start moving, which Garth reacts to by smashing it repeatedly with a hammer.
Cool Car: Wayne's World 2 is the only movie in existence that makes the AMC Pacer cool. The Thelma & Louise parody features a convertible Mirthmobile, and at the end we see the Mirthlimo, a six-wheeled Pacer stretch limo in which Aerosmith arrive.
Crying Indian: Parodied during the closing credits of Wayne's World 2, when the Weird Naked Indian sheds a tear upon seeing all the trash on the ground following Waynestock. Although he does cheer up a little when he sees Wayne and Garth cleaning up the mess.
Defeat Means Friendship: After being defeated by Wayne in hand-to-hand combat, Jeff Wong (Cassandra's dad) takes a liking to Wayne and becomes supportive of Wayne dating his daughter.
Disposable Love Interest: Garth's dream woman from the first movie does not appear in the sequel. Nor is she even mentioned.
The Dog Was the Mastermind: Parodied in the "Scooby-Doo Ending" of Waynes World, where it's revealed that Ben is really Old Man Withers, the amusement park owner who Wayne spoke to for five seconds near the beginning of the film. Probably an Affectionate Parody of how, in older Scooby-Doo episodes, the perpetrator was often introduced the exact same way.
One of three endings to the first film. In the downer ending, Cassandra is denied a record contract, Wayne's house burns down, it's revealed that Stacy is pregnant, and Benjamin and Cassandra become lovers and travel to a beautiful tropical island together.
"WHY, GARTH?! *SOB* ...WHY?!?!"
The sequel has two downer endings. In the first downer ending, none of the bands show up to Waynestock, then Wayne and Garth get lost in the desert to die of dehydration. The second downer ending is the Thelma & Louise ending where Wayne and Garth commit suicide by driving the Mirthmobile off a cliff. Thankfully, Wayne and Garth decide not to end the film with either of the downer endings and go with a happy ending where Waynestock is a rousing success.
Dream Sequence: In the first film, Garth has a fantasy sequence in which he woos the woman of his dreams to the song "Foxy Lady" by Jimi Hendrix. In the sequel, Wayne's dreams are where he communicates with his Spirit Advisor, Jim Morrison.
Europeans Are Kinky: Bjergen Kjergen (Drew Barrymore), the Swedish receptionist at WPIG Radio, who tells Wayne that she wishes to make love to him in the near future because he once stayed up all night working on a homework assignment about Sweden.
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Weird Naked Indian is called as such by pretty much everybody who can see him. He's even billed in the closing credits as "naked indian."
In the first film, the "Shitty Beatles"
Wayne: Hey, Tiny, who's playing today? Tiny: Jolly Green Giants and the Shitty Beatles. Wayne: Shitty Beatles? Are they any good? Tiny: They suck. Wayne: Then it's not just a clever name.
Expy: Garth is an impression of Dana Carvey's brother, which he also uses in his stand-up.
Face-Heel Turn: Wayne goes through a minor one in the first film, driving away both Cassandra and Garth by being a Jerk Ass. Thankfully he realizes fairly quickly how much of a jerk he's been and proceeds to right the wrongs he's created.
Frothy Mugs of Water: Despite the fact that Wayne and Garth are apparently a pair of hard-partying metalheads, the Wayne's World films contain no depictions of drug use and very little alcohol consumption. Just about the only vices Wayne and Garth seem to have is their love of coffee and donuts from Stan Mikita's (although their friend Phil perpetually seems to be on the verge of throwing up from excessive drinking).
Garth: "Okay, we've had some word that there is some bad red rope licorice circulating in the crowd. Please stay away from the red rope licorice."
Then again, in the first film Wayne mentions Stan Makita's Donuts as a great "munchies" place (munchies being stoner slang for increased appetite while high). This may be an example of Getting Crap Past the Radar.
Funny Background Event: In the second movie, after Wayne & Garth crowd-surf to the front of an Aerosmith concert, they are shortly followed by a pizza-delivery boy, a refrigerator, and a goat.
Fur Bikini: When Cassandra was trying to film a video.
Gay Bar Reveal: Happens in Wayne's World 2 when Wayne and his friends (who coincidentally are wearing disguises that make them look just like the Village People) hide in a bar called "The Tool Box" while fleeing from the Big Bad.
Geeky Turn-On: In the musical sense after Cassandra displays her knowledge of classic Fender guitars.
Wayne: There it is: Excalibur
Cassandra: Wow... '64 Stratocaster in classic white with triple single coil pickups and a whammy bar.
Wayne: Pre-CBS Fender corporate buyout.
Cassandra: I'd raise the bridge, file down the nut, and take the buzz out of the low-E.
Wayne: God, I love this woman!
Genre Savvy: Wayne and Garth, revealed in their discussions with the camera. Garth in particular has reservations about signing a contract due to a Twilight Zone episode, though the episode in question doesn't actually exist.
Give Geeks a Chance: In Wayne's World 2 the sexy blonde bombshell Honey Hornée falls for the shy, nerdy Garth and seduces him. But later in the film we find out that she wants him to kill her husband, causing Garth to flee in terror. In fact, it's entirely possible that she was never really interested in Garth and just used her feminine wiles to try and manipulate him into murdering her husband.
Graceful Loser: Benjamin in the mega happy ending, who has learned from his mistakes and admits that being rich and handsome can't get you everything.
Has a Type: Based on the three women he gets involved with over the course of the films (the unnamed "Dream Woman" from the first film, Honey Horneé, and Betty Jo) it definitely seems like Garth likes blondes.
Heel-Face Turn: Russell, before the end, and Benjamin in the "Mega Happy Ending."
I Am the Band: According to Bobby Cahn in Wayne's World 2, Cassandra is the only member of Crucial Taunt who is talented, and the rest of the band is "terrible." He successfully convinces her to get a new band.
Invisible Parents: Although Wayne still lives with his parents during the events of the first film, they are never seen or heard from.
Jerkass Has a Point: Although Wayne chafes at the idea of putting Noah Vanderhoff on his show, he did sign a contract agreeing to do so, and Benjamin is not being unreasonable at all in pointing it out.
Kung-Foley: Taken to ridiculous extremes in Wayne's World 2 during Wayne and Jeff's fight scene.
Lampshade Hanging: There's a lot of meta-humor, such as when Wayne remarks that the security guard seemed conveniently helpful.
Lead Bassist: Cassandra is a type B and a type C. She is Crucial Taunt's bass player in addition to being the lead vocalist and face of the band.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: In-universe. On the show, Wayne mocks his guests and trolls Garth For the Lulz. However off the show, he's one of the nicest guys, albeit a bit of a moron which nearly ruins his relationship with his Cassandra twice, but he means well.
Meaningful Name: Upon entering a club, Wayne asks the doorman who's playing tonight.
Tiny: The Jolly Green Giants, the Shitty Beatles...
Wayne: The Shitty Beatles, are they any good?
Tiny: They suck.
Wayne: Then it's not just a clever name!
Medium Awareness: Not only do many characters talk into the camera, but they're aware of the presence of a camera in the first place, and Wayne even mentions the camera that only he and Garth may talk into (which is brought up after Glen manages to steal the camera away for a few seconds; see Noodle Incident). Also, they give each film three different endings, some of which they even give titles.
Metal Head: Wayne, Garth, and several of the supporting characters in the films.
Honey Horneé, who is played by the gorgeous Kim Basinger and always dresses sexy.
Also, Cassandra, of course.
Multiple Endings: A Downer Ending, a Scooby-Doo Ending (it was Old Man Withers, the guy who runs the haunted amusement park) and a Mega-Happy Ending. The sequel replaces the Scooby-Doo ending with a Thelma & Louise ending. The scene cuts to the happy ending as Wayne and Garth drive off a cliff into the Grand Canyon.
The Munchausen: Del Preston, the greatest roadie who has ever lived. He's worked with every great rock band, he's been all over the world, and he's got no shortage of stories from his career.
Del Preston: There I am in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at three o'clock in the morning looking for one thousand brown M&M's to fill brandy glass or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night. So Jeff Beck pops his head around the door and mentions there's a little sweet shop on the edge of town. So we go, and it's closed. So there's me and Keith Moon and David Crosby breaking into this little sweet shop, right? So instead of a guard dog they've got this great big bloody Bengal tiger. Well, I managed to take care of the tiger with a can of mace, but the shop owner and his son... that's a different story altogether: I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really. But sure enough I got the M&M's and Ozzy went on stage and did a great job..
No Fourth Wall: A hallmark of the films. Wayne and Garth speak directly to the camera and comment on the progress of the film throughout. Wayne claims than only he and Garth are allowed to talk to the camera, but many other characters end up doing so throughout the film. Some university/college courses actually examine the film's use of the audience as a separate character.
Noble Top Enforcer: Russell, who despite being Benjamin's top lackey is actually not a bad guy. In the end he decides to help Wayne and Garth.
Noodle Incident: Glenn's crime of passion: "I'd never done a crazy thing in my life before that night. Why is it, if a man kills another man in the heat of battle, it's called heroic? Yet if he kills a man in the heat of passion, it's called murder?"
Also, in the first film, when Wayne and Garth are talking to Benjamin about being between lawyers and Garth mentioned grabbing their last lawyer by his "big fat head and said, 'Listen man, I'm not going to jail for you or anybody!'"
Not Listening to Me, Are You?: When the boys give an interview to a local radio DJ, they discover he's more interested in loading tapes than actually listening...so they start calling him names, and he's completely oblivious to their joking around.
One-Hour Work Week: Wayne admits to having held a variety of dead-end jobs, which he never seems to work. The trope is justified in the first film by the fact that Wayne's World is quickly picked up in the first act, allowing Wayne and Garth to develop it professionally.
The Other Darrin: invoked The Trope Namer is discussed, which is when Wayne realized that both actors were named "Dick", and their last names combined equal "Sergeant York", an honored military officer and among the most decorated American soldiers in World War I.
Protagonist-Centered Morality: In the second film, Del Preston recounts beating a father and son to death with their own shoes in the process of fulfilling a musician's crazed demands. It's apparently justified to some of the other metalheads because, "Ozzy went on stage and gave the performance of his life."
Read the Fine Print: Wayne and Garth fall victim to this. Wayne acts like he is reading the contract, but it's pretty obvious later on in the movie he did not. It's a bit of Reality Ensues because creepy as Benjamin is he is staying entirely within the laws and averts Moving the Goalposts. The things Wayne gets in trouble for are quite reasonable things to put in the kind of contract he signed.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Officer Koharski, who reacts with good-natured humor when Wayne and Garth jokingly call him a pig. At the end of the film he helps Wayne and Garth with their plan to get Cassandra a record contract.
Noah's Arcade features a video game with a Gelatinous Cube, a classic Dungeons & Dragons monster.
While racing off to rescue Cassandra from Ben, Wayne gets pulled over by a motorcycle cop. Said motorcycle cop turns out to be the T-1000 flashing a photo of John Connor asking "Have you seen this boy?"
Also, the sequel has shout-outs not only to the Woodstock festival itself, but especially to the Martin Scorsese film. The warning about the "bad red rope licorice" is a spoof of the reports about "brown acid" at the actual Woodstock event.
"Officer Koharski", the donut-eating police officer found in "Mikita's Donuts" is a well-hidden Shout-Out to Don Koharski, an NHL referee most famous for getting into an on-ice scuffle with New Jersey Devils head coach Jim Schoenfeld (after which Schoenfeld famously shouted, "You fat pig! Have another donut!")
"Mikita's Donuts" itself is a shout-out to Canadian donut chain "Tim Hortons" (Stan Mikita and Tim Horton were both famous NHL players, and both are now in the hall of fame).
Smug Snake: Benjamin Kane in the first movie, and Bobby Cahn in the sequel.
WAYNE: "Well, that's all the time we have for our movie. We hope you found it entertaining, whimsical yet relevant, with a revisionist conceit that belied the film's emotional attachment to the subject matter."
Stacy's Mom: In one of the Wayne's World SNL sketches, Wayne has the hots for Garth's mom (played by Candice Burgen). Understandably, Garth is rather squicked out by it.
Stalking Is Love: Averted. In Wayne's World 2 Wayne suspects that Cassandra is cheating on him with Bobby, so he decides to obtain the truth by spying on her. When Cassandra finds out about it, she is pissed, giving him a solid punch to the face and leaving him.
The Stinger: Exchange of words between Wayne and Garth during the end credits.
Stripperiffic: Honey Horneé's wardrobe seems to consist entirely of outfits that are tight-fitting, skimpy, or both.
Take That: "Led Zeppelin didn't write tunes that everybody liked, they left that to the Bee Gees."
Technology Marches On: Wayne's World being a cable access show and their main sponsor being an arcade both date the first film. Most do-it-yourself media is made for the internet, and arcades were made largely obsolete by home consoles.
There Is a God!: In Wayne's World 2 Wayne says this when he mistakenly believes that Heather Locklear is waving to him.
Wake-Up Call Boss: Played for laughs in the sequel when Bobby Cahn fails to fall for the same "a sphincter says what?" gag that Noah Vanderhoff did in the original(though, to be fair, Garth doesn't deliver it as well as Wayne did).
The Vamp: Honey Horneé, who seduces Garth and then tries to get him to kill her husband.
What the Hell, Hero?: As Wayne begins to slide into Jerkass territory, he delivers an angry tirade at the camera, prompting it to turn away and abandon him. Wayne instantly realizes his mistake and resumes his heroic role. He even apologies to the audience for it.
Wicked Cultured: Benjamin, who impresses Cassandra with his knowledge of fine wines and his ability to speak Cantonese.