Wayne's World (film)
Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris, produced by Lorne Michaels, and written by Mike Myers, and Bonnie and Terry Turner. It stars Myers in his feature film debut as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, a pair of rock fans who broadcast a public-access television show. It also features Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Lara Flynn Boyle, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chris Farley, Ed O'Neill, Ione Skye, Meat Loaf, and Alice Cooper.
|Directed by||Penelope Spheeris|
|Produced by||Lorne Michaels|
|Based on||Wayne's World|
by Mike Myers
|Music by||J. Peter Robinson|
|Cinematography||Theo van de Sande|
|Edited by||Malcolm Campbell|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$183.1 million|
Wayne's World was released in the US on February 14, 1992. A critical and commercial success, it was the eighth-highest-grossing film of 1992 and it remains the highest-grossing film based on Saturday Night Live skits. A sequel, Wayne's World 2, was released on December 10, 1993.
In Aurora, Illinois, rock fans Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar host a public-access television show, Wayne's World, from Wayne's parents' basement. After they sell the rights to the show to television producer Benjamin Kane for $10,000, they celebrate at a night club, where they avoid Wayne's troubled ex-girlfriend Stacy. Wayne falls for Cassandra Wong, vocalist and bassist of the band performing that night, Crucial Taunt, and impresses her with his Cantonese. He purchases a 1964 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar he has long coveted.
Benjamin attempts to steal Cassandra from Wayne by using his wealth and good looks. He distracts Wayne and Garth with all-access tickets to an Alice Cooper concert in Milwaukee, while offering to produce a music video for Crucial Taunt. At the concert, Wayne and Garth make the acquaintance of a bodyguard to music producer Frankie Sharp, head of Sharp Records.
While filming the revamped Wayne's World under Benjamin's oversight, Wayne and Garth find it difficult to adjust to the professional studio environment. Their contract obliges them to give a promotional interview to their sponsor, Noah Vanderhoff, who owns a franchise of amusement arcades. After Wayne publicly ridicules Vanderhoff, he is fired from the show, causing a rift in his friendship with Garth. Jealous of the attention Benjamin is giving Cassandra, Wayne attempts to prevent her from participating in the Crucial Taunt music video shoot. She breaks up with him, furious at his lack of trust.
Wayne and Garth reunite and hatch a plan to win Cassandra back by having Sharp hear Crucial Taunt play. While Garth and their friends infiltrate a satellite station with the aid of Benjamin's assistant, Wayne goes to Cassandra's video shoot, but embarrasses himself in an attempt to expose Benjamin's ulterior motive. As he leaves, Cassandra changes her mind about Benjamin. Wayne apologizes and they return to Aurora.
The Wayne's World crew hacks into Sharp's satellite television and broadcast the Crucial Taunt performance from Wayne's basement, where Sharp and Benjamin converge. Sharp declines to offer Crucial Taunt a record contract, Cassandra breaks up with Wayne and departs with Benjamin for a tropical resort, Stacy reveals that she is pregnant with Wayne's child, and a fire destroys Wayne's house.
Dissatisfied, Wayne and Garth turn to the film's audience and halt proceedings. They restart the scene and unmask Benjamin as "Old Man Withers" in a Scooby-Doo parody ending. Still unsatisfied, they start again with a "mega happy ending" in which Cassandra signs a record contract and reunites with Wayne, Garth begins a relationship with a waitress, and Benjamin learns that money and good looks do not necessarily bring happiness.
Cast and character description
- Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell, host of Wayne's World. The character lives with his parents and has a quirky attitude. His best friend is Garth Algar, his love interest is Cassandra Wong, and his enemy is Benjamin Kane.
- Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, Wayne's best friend and co-host. Garth is a very nervous person by nature and is nervous without Wayne around. He has a crush on the girl who works at the Donut shop that their group frequents, Stan Mikita's Donuts.
- Tia Carrere as Cassandra Wong, singer and bassist of Crucial Taunt and Wayne's love interest. She met Wayne at a heavy metal bar called the Gasworks after she had performed there. Benjamin Kane tries to steal her away from Wayne. In the sad end of the film, she and Benjamin end up together, but in the ScoobyDoo and Happy Endings, she and Wayne end up together.
- Rob Lowe as Benjamin Oliver, a sleazy television producer and Wayne's enemy. He is a Regional Programming Director for Oliver Communications. He buys Wayne's World for $10,000, which allows him to make some major changes, such as firing the main host, Wayne. He also steals Wayne's love interest away. Garth believes that "if Benjamin were an ice cream flavor, he'd be Pralines and Dick."
- Lara Flynn Boyle as Stacy, Wayne's troubled ex-girlfriend. She does not understand that Wayne has broken up with her and still treats him like they are a couple. She continues to give Wayne presents and asks him to do things; She bought Wayne a gun rack for an anniversary present.
- Brian Doyle-Murray as Noah Vanderhoff, a video arcade magnate. His company, Noah's Arcade, becomes the sponsor of Wayne's World when it becomes taken over by Benjamin.
- Colleen Camp as Mrs. Vanderhoff, Noah's wife.
- Kurt Fuller as Russell Finley, director of the television shows produced by Benjamin.
- Chris Farley has a cameo as the well-informed security guard at the back of Alice Cooper concert.
- Meat Loaf as Tiny, a doorman at the Gasworks who Wayne and Garth are "in" with. He informs them about the bands playing and if they're good or not.
- Frank DiLeo as rock promoter Frankie 'Mr. Big' Sharp. Wayne and his group find a way to broadcast Cassandra performing to his limo.
- Ed O'Neill as Glen, the manager at Stan Mikita's Donuts. He is very sinister and always mentions things about murder, which hints to a mysterious past.
- Michael DeLuise as Alan, one of Wayne and Garth's crew.
- Lee Tergesen as Terry, Wayne and Garth's head cameraman.
- Dan Bell as Neil, Wayne's and Garth's second cameraman.
- Sean Gregory Sullivan as Phil, Wayne and Garth's perpetually intoxicated friend who works at an auto repair shop. In the beginning of the film, he is “partied out” on the side of the road and they pick him up. Garth offers for him to “spew” in a dixie cup. They go to Stan Mikita's Donuts.
- Mike Hagerty as Davey, a controller at the Cable 10 television station whom Benjamin and Russell ask for help.
- Frederick Coffin as Officer Koharski. He is kind to Wayne, Garth, and their group.
- Donna Dixon as Garth's dream woman, who works at Stan Mikita's Donuts.
- Ione Skye as Elyse, Benjamin's girlfriend, who introduces him to Wayne's World. She is seen in the beginning of the film in the first scene.
- Robin Ruzan as a waitress at Stan Mikita's.
- Charles Noland as Ron Paxton, who tries to market his invention, the "Suck Kut", on Wayne and Garth's show. He tries to use his invention on Garth's hair, resulting in Garth yelling for help.
- Carmen Filpi as Old Man Withers. He runs an amusement park.
- Robert Patrick has a cameo as T-1000 (reprising his role from Terminator 2: Judgment Day). He is an officer who pulls Wayne over when he is speeding on his way to Cassandra.
- Alice Cooper with Pete Friesen, Derek Sherinian, Stef Burns, and Jimmy DeGrasso as themselves, performing Feed My Frankenstein. Wayne and Garth go to see him back stage at his show.
Wayne's World was greenlit by Paramount Pictures in 1991. It was the second film based on a Saturday Night Live sketch following The Blues Brothers in 1980. Producer Lorne Michaels hired Penelope Spheeris to direct, who had directed several music documentaries. Spheeris said, "I had been just struggling as a female director in this business for many years. I was 45 years old when I got that job. I just kept hanging in there. And Wayne's World happened, and it sort of flipped my life around."
Spheeris clashed with Myers during filming. An example was the "Bohemian Rhapsody" sing-along inside Garth's powder-blue, flame-accented 1976 AMC Pacer that was far more physically demanding than expected. She told Entertainment Weekly that Myers was "emotionally needy and got more difficult as the shoot went along. You should have heard him bitching when I was trying to do that 'Bohemian Rhapsody' scene: 'I can't move my neck like that! Why do we have to do this so many times? No one is going to laugh at that!'" She said she attempted to assuage Myers by having her daughter provide him snacks, and on one occasion he stormed off the set, upset that there was no margarine for his bagel. Myers and Spheeris argued over the final cut of the film, causing Myers to prevent Spheeris from directing Wayne's World 2. "Myers didn't realize it at the time, but the scene would become the comedy's signature moment."
The movie was a box office success, debuting at number one. The film's final domestic gross was $121,697,323, making it the eighth-highest-grossing film of 1992 and the highest-grossing of the 11 films based on Saturday Night Live skits.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 84% "Certified Fresh" rating based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 6.77/10, with the critical consensus stating, "An oddball comedy that revels in its silliness and memorable catch phrases, Wayne's World is also fondly regarded because of its endearing characters." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 53 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Roger Ebert said in his review: "I walked into Wayne's World expecting a lot of dumb, vulgar comedy, and I got plenty, but I also found what I didn't expect: a genuinely amusing, sometimes even intelligent, undercurrent." However, Desson Howe wrote in the Washington Post that making a movie out of such a "teeny sketch" is "better than you'd expect" but criticized the finale as "an attempt to lampoon movie endings" "and a despair-driven inability to end the movie".
Effect on pop culture
Filled with pop culture references, the sketches and the film started catchphrases such as "Schwing!" and "Schyea", as well as popularizing "That's what she said", "Party on!" and the use of "... Not!" after apparently affirmative sentences in order to state the contrary.
The scene that is most associated with this film is "where Wayne, Garth and their buddies cram into in an AMC Pacer and lip-synch to Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'." Produced by American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1975 to 1980, the Pacer "was a supporting star of the hugely successful way - cool comedy." The movie car was purposely a second-hand Pacer painted baby blue with flames on the sides and non-matching wheels, which Wayne and Garth dubbed "The Mirthmobile". Due to Wayne, Garth, and "The Mirthmobile," the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' single reached #2 in the United States.
The original car from the movie was sold and appeared in a 2015 episode of Pawn Stars. The car was restored to running condition with the original movie props inside the car, but a functional stereo system was added, the Pacer was sold in 2016 for $37,400. Because of "The Mirthmobile" role, the Pacer has arguably become one the most famous AMC car featured in film or TV.
- The soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard 200. The album was certified double-Platinum by the RIAA on July 16, 1997.
- The use of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the film propelled the song to number two on the Billboard singles charts 17 years after its first release. The studio originally wanted to use a Guns N' Roses song for the scene, but Myers demanded "Bohemian Rhapsody", even threatening to quit the production unless it was used. Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, had died of bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS a few months before the film's release. However, Mercury saw the head banging scene before his death, finding it hilarious and approved the song for the film's use.
- Gary Wright re-recorded "Dream Weaver" for the film, which is heard whenever Wayne looks at Cassandra.
- Tia Carrere sang her own vocals on the songs she performed in the film, as well as cover songs such as Sweet's "The Ballroom Blitz", which were included on the film's soundtrack album.
- Myers originally wanted Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out" in the film, but Cooper's manager Shep Gordon convinced him to use "Feed My Frankenstein" instead. It was Myers' first meeting with Gordon and it made such a strong, positive impression on him that they formed a friendship. Myers directed a 2014 documentary about Gordon, titled Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.
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