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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. The film stars Myers (in his feature film debut) as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, rock and roll 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.

Wayne's World
Wayne's World.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Penelope Spheeris
Produced by Lorne Michaels
Screenplay by
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
Release date
  • February 14, 1992 (1992-02-14)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $183.1 million[1]

Wayne's World was released on February 14, 1992, and was a critical and commercial success. Its sequel, Wayne's World 2, was released on December 10, 1993.



In Aurora, Illinois, rock and roll fans Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar host a public-access television show, Wayne's World, from Wayne's parents' basement. They accept an offer from television producer Benjamin Oliver to buy the rights to for $10,000.

Wayne and Garth attend a local 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. He impresses her with his Cantonese and purchases an expensive guitar he has long coveted.

Benjamin attempts to steal Cassandra from Wayne by exploiting 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 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 ridicules Vanderhoff with insults written on the back of his question cards, he is fired from the show, causing a rift in his friendship with Garth. Jealous of Benjamin, Wayne attempts to prevent Cassandra from participating in the 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. They delay Benjamin's pursuit by having Garth's police officer friend perform a rectal cavity search on him.

The Wayne's World crew hacks into Sharp's satellite television and broadcast the Crucial Taint 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 reenact the scene, unmasking Benjamin as "Old Man Withers" in a "Scooby-Doo ending". They reenact it again in 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 bring happiness.



In 1991, a film adaptation of Wayne’s World was greenlit by Paramount Pictures, only the second movie based upon a Saturday Night Live sketch following The Blues Brothers in 1980.[3] Penelope Spheeris was hired to direct by Lorne Michaels. Spheeris had previously directed several music documentaries. “It was a lucky shot, I’ll tell you," 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.”[4]

Spheeris clashed with Myers during filming. According to Spheeris, on one occasion, Myers stormed off the set, upset that there was "no margarine for his bagel, only butter." She told Entertainment Weekly that he 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!'” Spheeris attempted to assuage Myers by having her daughter provide him snacks.[5] Myers and Spheeris argued over the final cut of the film, causing Myers to prevent Spheeris from directing the 1993 sequel.[6][7]


Box officeEdit

The movie was a box office success debuting at No.1.[8][9] The film's final domestic gross was $121,697,323.,[10] making it the eighth highest-grossing film of 1992[11] and the highest-grossing of the 11 films based on Saturday Night Live skits.

Critical responseEdit

Wayne's World received mostly positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 85% "Certified Fresh" rating based on 47 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10, with the critical consensus stating, "An oddball comedy that revels in its silliness and memorable catchphrases, Wayne's World is also fondly regarded because of its endearing characters."[12] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 53 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[13] 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." [14] 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".[15]

In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted Wayne's World the 41st-greatest comedy film of all time.

Effect on pop cultureEdit

Wayne's World AMC Pacer clone at Planet Hollywood in New York City

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.[16] The "not" joke's popularity saw a resurgence after its use in the 2006 mockumentary film Borat. Then in 2010, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of Near East Affairs used a "not" joke in a classified email chain about Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar that was later released by Wikileaks.[17]

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned and Grand Theft Auto V feature a car based on the AMC Pacer named "Rhapsody" in reference to the famed scene from the film. In The Lost and Damned video game, if the player zooms in on the dashboard with the sniper rifle, they can see a pixelated photograph resembling Wayne and Garth.


American Film Institute recognition:

Video gamesEdit

In 1993, Wayne's World video games were released for the NES, Super NES, the Sega Genesis, and the Game Boy, but the plot of the games differs from that of the film. In the Super NES and Mega Drive versions, the player controls Wayne as he goes on a mission throughout Aurora, visiting The Gas Works, Stan Mikita's, and Cassell's Music, the music store from the "No Stairway" scene, and other locations to rescue Garth from inside the "Zantar the Gelatinous Cube" arcade game mentioned in the film.

An adventure game version of Wayne's World was released around the same time for PCs. The plot involves Wayne and Garth trying to raise money to save their show by holding a "pizza-thon".


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Wayne's World (1992) – Daily Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Mike Myers couldn’t drive during ‘Wayne’s World’". New York Post. 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  4. ^ Pirnia, Garin (2017-02-06). "How Wayne’s World Made—and Broke—Its Director’s Career". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  5. ^ "Mike Myers: Man of Mystery". Entertainment Weekly. 2008-06-16. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  6. ^ Brandon Kirby (April 24, 2013). "Mike Myers, Dana Carvey Set Aside 'Wayne's World' Feud at Academy Screening". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-07-08. Carvey and Spheeris both notoriously fell out with Myers despite the 1992 film's huge success. Myers is said to have blocked Spheeris from directing the 1993 sequel because she'd ignored his edit suggestions on the original. 
  7. ^ "How Mike Myers and Dana Carvey Resolved Their 'Wayne's World'-'Austin Powers' Feud". The Hollywood Reporter. April 11, 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-08. Myers blocked Spheeris from directing the 1993 sequel because she'd ignored his edit suggestions on the original (her cut already had tested well). And Carvey felt Myers later stole his Dr. Evil impression for Austin Powers, which supposedly was based on Carvey's goof on Lorne Michaels. 
  8. ^ Fox, David J. (1992-03-03). "Weekend Box Office `Wayne's World' Keeps Partyin' On". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  9. ^ Fox, David J. (1992-03-17). "Weekend Box Office `Wayne's World' Gains in Fifth Week". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  10. ^ "Alphabetical Movie Index A-Z". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  11. ^ "1992 Yearly Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Wayne's World". Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  13. ^ "Wayne's World Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  14. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Wayne's World Movie Review & Film Summary (1992) | Roger Ebert". Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  15. ^ Howe, Desson. "Wayne's World (PG-13)". Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  16. ^ "Schwing! Mike Myers & Dana Carvey's 'Wayne's World' Reunion Recap". 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  17. ^ "Hillary Clinton Email Archive". WikiLeaks. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  18. ^ "This is the American Film Institute's list of 500 movies nominated for the top 100 Funniest American Movies" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  19. ^ a b "ACE VENTURA : All-righty then!" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  20. ^ "AFI’s 100 Years... 100 Songs" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-08-20. 
  21. ^ a b "WTF Podcast with Mark Maron". WTF. 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  22. ^ "Mike Myers Almost Walked When 'Wayne's World' Wasn't Going To Use 'Bohemian Rhapsody'". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 22, 2015
  23. ^ "Brian May: ‘Wayne’s World’ "Bohemian Rhapsody" Scene Hit Close to Home". Guitar World. 2016-07-18. Retrieved 2017-06-04. 

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