Wayne's World 2

Wayne's World 2 is a 1993 American comedy film directed by Stephen Surjik and starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as hosts of a public-access television cable television show in Aurora, Illinois. The film is the sequel to Wayne's World (1992), which was itself adapted from a sketch on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

Wayne's World 2
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byStephen Surjik
Screenplay byMike Myers
Bonnie Turner
Terry Turner
Based onCharacters
by Mike Myers
Produced byLorne Michaels
Starring
CinematographyFrancis Kenny
Edited byMalcolm Campbell
Music byCarter Burwell
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 10, 1993 (1993-12-10)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$40 million
Box office$48.2 million[1]

PlotEdit

Rock and roll fans Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar now host their public-access television show, Wayne's World, from an abandoned factory in Aurora, Illinois. After an Aerosmith concert, Wayne has a dream in which he meets Jim Morrison and a "weird naked (Native American) Indian" in a desert. Morrison convinces Wayne that his destiny is to organize a major music festival. Wayne and Garth dub the concert "Waynestock" (a pun on "Woodstock") and hire Morrison's former roadie, Del Preston. Their early attempts to sign bands and sell tickets fail, and Wayne wonders if the endeavor is futile.

Wayne's girlfriend Cassandra, lead singer of the band Crucial Taunt, has a new producer, Bobby Cahn, who tries to pull her away from Wayne, and Illinois. Garth meets Honey Hornée. After Wayne admits spying on her due to his suspicion of Bobby's ulterior motives, Cassandra breaks up with him and becomes engaged to Bobby. Honey Hornée attempts to manipulate Garth into killing her ex-husband, but Garth ends the relationship.

Tickets are sold for Waynestock, but no bands arrive. Leaving Garth to keep the rowdy crowd in check, Wayne disrupts Cassandra's wedding before escaping the ceremony with her and they get back together, in a scene closely resembling the finale of The Graduate. Meanwhile, Garth has stage fright during the concert. Wayne returns to find the bands have still not arrived.

In another desert dream, Wayne and Garth consult Morrison, who says that the bands will not come, and that all that matters is they tried. Unable to return to Waynestock, they become lost in the desert and begin to die of starvation. Finding this unacceptable, Wayne and Garth reenact the ending of Thelma & Louise, driving their car off a cliff while trying to find the bands. Finally, Wayne and Garth admit that they just have to end the film with a standard happy ending in which the bands arrive, and Waynestock is a success. Morrison tells Wayne that he needed to organize Waynestock to learn that Cassandra loves him for who he is; and also that adulthood requires one to take responsibility while being able to find fun in life. Bobby arrives to Waynestock to pursue Cassandra, but is prevented from entering.

In a mid-credits scene, the entire park is covered with trash after the concert. The "weird naked (Native American) Indian" begins to cry, but he cheers up when Wayne and Garth promise to clean up.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Penelope Spheeris, who directed the first film, believes that Myers encouraged the studio not to have her back for the sequel due to personality conflicts with Myers during the making of the first film.[14] She went on to direct another TV to big screen adaptation, The Beverly Hillbillies, instead and was replaced by Stephen Surjik[15] for the sequel.

Myers' original script for Wayne's World 2 had Wayne and Garth forming their own country and seceding from the US after finding an ancient scroll, in a story taken from the 1949 British comedy Passport to Pimlico. This version was well into pre-production before it came to light that the studio had no idea the script was based on a previous film and thus had not obtained the rights to Passport to Pimlico. Production was immediately halted—director Surjik said: "I could hear the chainsaws literally chopping the sets down."[16] Studio executive Sherry Lansing was reportedly furious with Myers and threatened to ruin his life and career if he did not immediately produce a new script.[17]

The character of Del Preston, played by Ralph Brown, is an extension of his Danny character from the cult film Withnail and I. The character was a late addition to the script, and came about after Dana Carvey saw a repertory screening of Withnail and I in Los Angeles. Due to the age discrepancy between the two characters, they landed on Del being a "spiritual reprisal" of Danny, rather than a direct representation of the same character.[18][19][20]

Kim Basinger[21] did three days' worth of work on Wayne's World 2. When discussing being approached to do the project, Basinger said[22] "I never saw Wayne's World so I didn't know what it was about. But Dana Carvey just clean-called me and he was very sweet and sincere. He said, "We're really going to have fun, please do this with me." At first I said no, but he kept calling. It was just a blast. Dana's wonderful. It was a little gift to be given in the middle of the year."

Basinger made note that when Carvey approached her with the part, he refused to take no for an answer. When she showed the script to her then husband, Alec Baldwin, he just loved it and told her that she must be in the film. According to her,[23] the echo effect clinched her decision to take part in the movie.

She said[24] when describing her character, "I'm this little character that they call Honey Hornée. ... I don't want to give away the whole plot, but I want to say that it's Garth's first screen kiss. Oh, and it's wonderful and (Dana Carvey) wrote it. He was magic for three days." And when asked whose hair was longer, hers or Garth's, Basinger said with a laugh, "You know, It was so funny, we sorta looked like each other. We're like Harold and Maude; we're kinda this odd couple. But it works. You'd just love to follow these two people around the grocery store and see what they buy and wonder what they're gonna do with it. That's the kind of characters these two are."

Basinger also said[25] when discussing working with Dana Carvey, "I honestly thought I was going to get fired because I could not keep a straight face. I never really looked into his eyes. I could never do it. I would focus on a piece of his hair and say" Be really cool Kim". And them when he started to kiss me, I just came apart." Dana Carvey said[26] that making out with Kim Basinger was just awful. He added that he actually felt very bad for her because "kissing Garth[27] is like kissing a moving truck. The guy is so nervous, he's always weaving around".

The entire subplot of Garth finding himself in the clutches of a potentially dangerous femme fatale has drawn comparisons to the 1944 film Double Indemnity[28][29][30][31] starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. In that film, MacMurray plays an insurance salesman while Stanwyck plays a provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead.

The laundromat where Garth first meets Honey Hornée was located at 6803 Melrose Avenue[32] in Los Angeles. The car that's parked behind Honey as she enters the laundromat is 1975 Chevrolet Camaro.[33] Meanwhile, Honey's apartment building was located at 5023 Maytime Lane in Culver City, California. When Garth is floating in the air kissing Honey in said apartment, a black wire that's holding Dana Carvey against the background of the white lampshade is visible.[34]

ReceptionEdit

Wayne's World 2 received mixed-to-positive reviews.[35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 60% approval rating, based on 45 reviews, with an average rating of 5.81/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The characters are still endearing, but the jokes in Wayne's World 2 are more hit-and-miss the second time around".[49]

Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three out of four stars, and wrote that Wayne and Garth are "impossible to dislike".[50]

Box officeEdit

Although it was intended to be a Christmas season blockbuster, Wayne's World 2 did not receive the box office intake nor positive fan reaction that the first film did. Its final North American gross was $48 million, slightly more than its $40 million production budget, but much less than the original film's gross of over $100 million. Wayne's World 2 also suffered from competition from other holiday season blockbusters such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Schindler's List, and The Pelican Brief.[51]

LegacyEdit

Beginning in 2006, DirecTV began a series of commercials in which characters from popular movies and television shows break the fourth wall to tout the service's picture quality and the number of channels available in high definition. Instead of using CGI the original actors normally reprise their roles on recreated sets, and resulting footage is mixed with the original scenes.[52] One such ad featured Kim Basinger[53] reprising her role as Honey Hornée[54] from Wayne's World 2.

SoundtrackEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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