Review: ‘Wayne’s World’

Wayne's World weakly transfers the popular Saturday Night Live TV sketch to the big screen . . . NOT! SNL regular Mike Myers created the characters of two overage heavy metal teens fronting a cable access TV show in Aurora, Ill. Like Weird Al Yankovic's flop pic UHF, the film satirizes various genres using TV as a starting point.

Wayne’s World weakly transfers the popular Saturday Night Live TV sketch to the big screen . . . NOT! SNL regular Mike Myers created the characters of two overage heavy metal teens fronting a cable access TV show in Aurora, Ill. Like Weird Al Yankovic’s flop pic UHF, the film satirizes various genres using TV as a starting point.

Ostensible plot has Rob Lowe as a slimy opportunist who buys the heroes’ Wayne’s World show and re-structures it to plug Brian Doyle-Murray’s video arcade business. Wayne (Myers) falls in love with beautiful Hong Kong rock singer Tia Carrere and has to worry about womanizer Lowe stealing her away.

Director Penelope Spheeris, with her first major studio assignment (and eight-figure budget), delivers a colorful but uneventful picture. As with Clue, picture features three alternate endings, played back to back like the Clue video.

Guest stars add almost nothing to the proceedings, including Dan Aykroyd’s wife Donna Dixon as Carvey’s beautiful dream girl, Ione Skye as Lowe’s girlfriend, Meat Loaf as a bouncer and Ed O’Neill as a nutty donut shop manager.

Wayne's World

Production

Paramount. Director Penelope Spheeris; Producer Lorne Michaels; Screenplay Mike Myers, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner; Camera Theo Van de Sande; Editor Malcolm Campbell; Music J. Peter Robinson; Art Director Gregg Fonseca

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Mike Myers Dana Carvey Rob Lowe Tia Carrere Lara Flynn Boyle Colleen Camp
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