By Clint Morris
I don’t really know what it is about “Wayne’s World” that’s so damn addictive – and for that reason have been sitting on this review for about a week now.
First things first, admittedly, it’s a fairly mediocre movie – the jokes are fairly thin, there’s next-to-no storyline, and Mike Myers is as annoying as a Polish mother-in-law at a wedding rehearsal – we can all admit that, right? And over the years, the 1992 comedy (and its even weaker sequel) has only got more and unfunnier, unlike say, “Flying High” or “Caddyshack”, or any other classic comedy that encompassed jokes that didn’t have to be experienced then-and-there (in the case of “Wayne’s World” in the 90s) to work effectively.
So the question is… Why then do I feel the need to watch the thing every time it’s on TV!? Is it the awesome soundtrack!? Is it the fun gratuitous cameos!? Or is it the terminally-underrated Dana Carvey!? Probably a combination of those things…. Â and the beer I’m usually drinking at the time when it airs.
A very successful spin-off of a “Saturday Night Live” skit, “Wayne’s World” has Myers and Carvey reprising two of their most popular small-screen characters, Wayne Campbell (Myers) and Garth Algar (Carvey), two numbskull slackers who receive an offer to tack their popular underground public-access cable show to the big leagues. As the mullet-adorned Wayne and his shaggy-haired doofus sidekick discover, money and fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
With an energetic pace, some deliciously fun cameos (Meatloaf, Robert Patrick spoofing his “T2” role, Ione Skye etc), a must-have soundtrack (do a Google for it, you’ll love it!) and a deliciously evil performance by comeback-kid Rob Lowe (only a couple of years after that iniquitous night of debauchery that was captured on videotape), not to mention a memorable turn by the chameleon-like Carvey (always thought he was the more talented of the Myers/Carvey duo and yet the former was the one to achieve the greatest success – in film, anyway) “Wayne’s World” is trash worth sifting through. Yes, it’s full of gunk… but if you spend a bit of time with it, you’ll come across a couple of gold nuggets.
Blu-Ray Details and Extras
The newly-released Blu-Ray (Yeah, I know, “Wayne’s World” is hardly a film screaming out for the Blu-Ray treatment) looks and sounds pretty damn decent, but one might’ve expected more in the way of extras (especially considering the retail price of these things). Here you’ll merely find a commentary by director Penelope Spheeris, some interviews with the cast and crew, and a HD-version of the trailer. No retrospective documentary, no premiere footage, no B-roll stuff… not even a goof reel.