Wayne's World (film)

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Wayne's World
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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 dates
  • February 14, 1992 (1992-02-14)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $183,097,323

Wayne's World is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar, hosts of the Aurora, Illinois-based public-access television cable TV show Wayne's World. The film was adapted from a sketch of the same name on NBC's Saturday Night Live.[1][2]

The film grossed US$121.6 million in its theatrical run, placing it as the tenth highest-grossing film of 1992 and the highest-grossing of the 11 films based on Saturday Night Live skits. It was filmed in 34 days.[3]

Wayne's World was Myers' feature film debut. The film also featured Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Lara Flynn Boyle, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robert Patrick (spoofing his role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Chris Farley, Ed O'Neill, Ione Skye, Meat Loaf, and Alice Cooper. Wayne's World received mostly positive reviews upon release and was commercially successful. It was followed by Wayne's World 2. In 1993, readers of Total Film magazine voted Wayne's World the 41st-greatest comedy film of all time.


Wayne Campbell (Myers) and Garth Algar (Carvey) are twenty-something rock music enthusiasts who function as the hosts of Wayne's World, a popular local Friday late-night cable access program based in Aurora, Illinois. The show centers around the pair ogling pictures of beautiful celebrity women, playing guitar and air drums, and interviewing local people, indirectly making fun of them over the course of the interview. One day Benjamin Kane (Lowe), a television station executive, is visiting a girlfriend (Ione Skye) who turns the TV to the show. When she tells him how many people watch the show, he instructs his producer Russell Finley (Kurt Fuller) to find out where the show is taped, telling him they may have an opportunity for a huge sponsorship.

Benjamin offers to buy the rights to Wayne's World for $10,000 and keeping Wayne and Garth as hosts for a "huge" salary. Garth, speaking with the audience, expresses concern that the deal is shady, but is too shy to confront Wayne about it. After receiving the money Wayne purchases a guitar he's been eyeing for a long time. Before he purchases it, Wayne plays away until the sales clerk asks him to put it back in the case, to which Wayne replies, "Not today my good friend, I think I'm gonna buy it. Do you accept cash?" With their newfound wealth, the two attend a concert, where Wayne meets and becomes infatuated with hard rock vocalist and bassist Cassandra (Tia Carrere) of the band Crucial Taunt. The two begin seeing each other more, putting a strain on Wayne and Garth's relationship. Benjamin provides them with backstage passes to an Alice Cooper concert in Milwaukee, during which he tries to get closer to Cassandra himself, offering the chance to sign her onto a record deal.

At the first show shot on a professional set, Wayne and Garth are initially fazed, but find that they are forced to comply with Benjamin's requests, including interviewing the show's sponsor, arcade owner Noah Vanderhoff (Brian Doyle-Murray). When Benjamin requests this from the guys they argue against sponsorship by quoting slogans and displaying products as obvious ad placement for the actual movie such as Pizza Hut, Pepsi, Reebok, Doritos, and Nuprin. During the interview, Wayne writes insulting phrases on the back of his cue cards such as "SPHINCTER BOY" and "THIS MAN HAS NO PENIS". Benjamin fires Wayne on the spot and leaves a panicked Garth in charge of the show. During this time with Garth by himself the camera pans up to the production room where an assistant, with Garth's face on the screen, says the look on Garth's face reminded him of the movie "Scanners". Wayne comes to learn that Benjamin only wants the rights to the popular name of the show and could not care less if Wayne or Garth were involved, as well as having sets sights on Cassandra. Garth later meets up with Wayne, and the two reconcile their friendship.

The two and their friends work out a plan to return Wayne's World to them. Recalling information from a concert security guard, they prepare a broadcast of a performance of Cassandra and her band from their basement aimed via satellite to the antenna aboard the limo of record executive Frankie Sharp (Frank DiLeo). During the scene, the theme from Mission: Impossible is heard.

Wayne and Garth set up Cassandra's band to broadcast their version of Ballroom Blitz on Frankie's limo TV, Benjamin learns of this and as he drives to the basement to prevent it, he is briefly detained by a police officer who is working with Wayne and Garth.

Both Benjamin and Frankie arrive at Wayne's home. In what appears to be a sad conclusion, Frankie tells Cassandra that it is just not the right time to sign her up; she leaves with Benjamin; Wayne is told by his crazy ex-girlfriend Stacy (Lara Flynn Boyle) that she is pregnant; and then Wayne and Garth are nearly incinerated in a house fire. Speaking directly to the audience they say this was a bad ending, and then decide to do another joke ending with a homage to Scooby Doo, before finishing with the real "mega happy" ending. Frankie gives Cassandra a six-record deal, Wayne and Cassandra kiss, Benjamin realizes that being successful does not get one everything, and Garth gets to meet his dream girl (Donna Dixon).



The film received positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives a "Certified Fresh" score of 85% based on reviews from 46 critics.[5]


American Film Institute recognition:

Box office[edit]

The movie was a box office success debuting at No.1.[10][11] The film's final domestic gross was $121,697,323.[12]

Effect on pop culture[edit]

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

Filled with pop culture references, the sketches and 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.[13]

The film frequently breaks the fourth wall, with Wayne, Garth, and others on occasion speaking directly to the audience and even the cameraman. Parts of the story are carried by Wayne's narration to the camera, in which he offers his thoughts on what's happening in the film. Despite Wayne, Garth, Cassandra, Glen, and Ben addressing the viewer, no one else seems aware that they are in a film.

Video games[edit]

In 1993, Wayne's World video games were released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Sega Mega Drive, and the Game Boy. The plot of the games differs from 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, among other locations – to rescue Garth from inside the "Zantar the Gelatinous Cube" arcade game mentioned in the film.

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

In the beginning of the film, the Noah's Arcade commercial features Marble Zone and Starlight Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog playing behind Noah Vanderhoff, the owner of the Noah's Arcade franchise.

In addition, 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, if the player zooms in on the dashboard with the sniper rifle, they can see a pixelated photograph resembling Wayne and Garth.


  • Tia Carrere sang all her own vocals on songs she performed in the film, and her cover version of songs, such as Sweet's "The Ballroom Blitz", were included in the film's original soundtrack recording.
  • 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 positive impression on him that they formed a friendship and Myers eventually directed a documentary about him in 2014 called Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.[16]

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