|WAYNE'S WORLD (1992)|
Lara Flynn Boyle
|"I once thought I had mono for an entire year, It turned out I was just really bored."|
|Time: 95 mins.|
I remember being somewhat wary when this film came out in the theater. No Saturday Night Live skit had ever been turned into a movie before and I just didn't think it would be possible to make a 90 minute film out of a 3-minute sketch. I was wrong. WAYNE'S WORLD is a wonderfully, funny comedy with immense heart and an entertaining story. There's only one reason why this film is different from other SNL big-screen attempts: the comic brilliance of Mike Myers. After watching his dual performance in AUSTIN POWERS, I think we've found the Peter Sellers of our generation. Subversive, silly and unafraid to look foolish. Myers is not only goofy and clever, he can act as well, not a skill all comics possess. The joy of Myers, as Wayne Campbell or Austin Powers, is his ability to commit to a character no matter how obscenely grotesque, silly or outrageous he has to be.
Though we know Wayne is just Myers in a wig pretending to be a suburban teenage rock fan, he is so genuine as this character we gladly buy into the charade. The film begins with Wayne and Garth (Dana Carvey) on the brink of national success when their small cable access show, Wayne's World, is bought by a Chicago TV station. They're on their way to big time success, with a huge new set, local sponsor and a slimy producer, Benjamin (Rob Lowe). Wayne even meets and starts dating the girl of his dreams, up-and-coming rock singer Cassandra (Tia Carrere). Things have never been better, until Wayne embarrasses the sponsor on the air and gets fired from the show, making everyone in his life angry with him. It doesn't take long for Wayne to realize that he's been set-up by Benjamin, who not only wants to exploit the show, but steal Cassandra as well. With time running out, Wayne hatches a daring scheme to save the show and recover his girl. Things don't originally turn out the way Wayne plans, however this is Wayne's world and everything works out the exactly as it should...with Wayne on top.
Myers and Carvey are in top form here, adding depth to characters that could have been mere caricatures. Wayne and Garth are people you want to spend time with. Their troubles become your own. This is tag team acting at its best. They have carved out a place as one of comedy's funniest duos. Though some sections of the film are dated, instead of being embarrassing, they make you happily nostalgic. The plot's not deep, but it's well thought out, giving each of the characters a purpose for being there. Despite the often outrageous nature of the action, every scene has a point. Mostly though, it's just to make you laugh. Carrere and Myers have a sweet chemistry, especially when Wayne is trying to woo her. She initially seems out of his league, but Myers/Wayne soon proves why he's the perfect guy for her. Myers is so lovable and charismatic, he makes Wayne a guy ever girl would want.
If you haven't seen this movie, you're missing a real comedy gem. AUSTIN POWERS may have launched Myers onto the A list, but without Wayne he never would have been invited to the party. It may have started as a simple skit, but Myers brings Wayne's world vividly to life in ways that will have you laughing for days.