Wayne's World (film)

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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 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. Upon its release, Wayne's World received generally positive reviews and was a box office success. A sequel, Wayne's World 2, was released on December 10, 1993. In 1993, readers of Total Film magazine voted Wayne's World the 41st-greatest comedy film of all time.


In Aurora, Illinois, twentysomething rock and roll enthusiasts Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar host a cable access television show called Wayne's World, in which they lampoon eccentric locals and discuss topics of interest that include music and beautiful women; in spite of the show's low budget, it has proven quite popular in the Aurora area. One day, Benjamin Kane, a television producer, discovers Wayne's World while visiting his girlfriend; after learning of the show's popularity, he has his assistant Russell Finley track down where Wayne's World is taped.

Wayne and Garth are offered $10,000 from Kane to purchase the rights to their show, explaining that it is a large amount. Garth talks to the audience and admits his doubts on the shady deal, but he is too shy to say anything to Wayne, and the pair accept the offer. Using their newfound wealth, Wayne and Garth attend a local night club, where they avoid Wayne's psychotic ex-girlfriend Stacy, who continually tries to get back together with him, and Wayne sees Cassandra Wong, the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band Crucial Taunt, who are playing on stage. He instantly becomes smitten with her and the two hit it off. In order to impress Wong, Wayne learns to speak Cantonese and the two share a conversation as Stacy, still following him tries to make him jealous by being with another man, which ends up in disaster. He also purchases a guitar he had been eying for a long time.

Kane also becomes attracted to Wong, and uses his wealth and good looks to try to win her over. Using a pair of tickets to an Alice Cooper concert to get them out of the way, he offers Wong a role in a music video. At the concert, Wayne and Garth meet the body guard of Frankie Sharpe, producer of Sharpe Records, and gain information which they could possibly use later. The two of them are initially fazed when they go to their first recording of Wayne's World at a television studio, continually implanting the film's product endorsements as Kane talks to them. When the show starts, they are required to speak with their big sponsor Noah Vanderhoff, who owns a franchise of arcades, which true to form, Wayne breaks Kane's rules by ridiculing Vanderhoff with a series of notes written on the backs of his cards. Wayne is called up to the booth and is fired on the spot from his own show. Wayne leaves, and Garth, developing a case of stage fright freezes up on camera. Following that, Wayne and Garth get into a heated argument, causing a rift in their friendship. Wayne also becomes jealous of Kane moving in on Wong and tries to forbid her from participating in the music video. Furious at not trusting her, Wong breaks up with Wayne.

Wayne makes up with Garth, and has a plan to get Wong back by getting Sharpe to hear her play. While Garth and their friends, with Finley's aid gain access to a satellite station, Wayne goes to Wong's video set, where he embarrasses himself by trying to uncover Kane's ulterior motives and failing. As he leaves, a snake Kane is holding crawls along her neck and she suddenly suspects the same thing, Wayne apologizes to her and the two of them make their way back to Aurora; slowing Kane down by using a policeman friend of Garth's to perform a rectal search on him. Broadcasting from Wayne's house, Wayne's World successfully hacks into Sharpe's satellite television and he listens to Wong play. As her song comes to an end, Sharpe and Kane converge in Wayne's basement; unfortunately, Sharpe, while impressed by Wong is unable to sign her on, giving Kane a cruel satisfaction as Wong breaks up with Wayne again and leaves with Kane to a tropical resort. Meanwhile, Stacy admits she has been so moody because she is pregnant with Wayne's child, and a fire starts amongst the camera equipment and burns the house down while Wayne carries Garth from the inferno. Unsatisfied with the "bad ending" they reenact the scene again, only this time they unmask Kane as "Old Man Withers" in a Scooby Doo ending. They then reenact it again in a "Mega Happy Ending" where Wong is signed on to a record contract, Finley learns that "platonic love can exist between two grown men" and Kane discovers that "money, great hair, and a perfect body can get you far in America; almost to the top, but it can't get you everything." before they all break out in "fish face" and begin having fun.



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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