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Wayne's World 2
Paramount // PG-13 // July 9, 2001
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Review by DVD Savant | posted August 18, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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A year later in their saga, Wayne and Garth are now living in loft space instead of at home with their parents, but their cable show is still a local anomaly, and Wayne's girlfriend Cassandra is now being courted by an even shadier promoter, Bobby (Christopher Walken). Wayne is contacted in his dreams by Jim Morrison (Michael A. Nickles) who tells him to promote a big rock festival in Aurora, with huge name acts like Aerosmith. Following Morrison's cryptic instructions, Wayne and Garth take a trip to England to collect legendary roadie Del Preston (Ralph Brown), who also has been receiving telepathic messages from the late lead singer of the Doors. They hold a fund raiser at a Communist-themed nightclub, but all looks grim as Wayne alienates both Cassandra and Garth (who's seduced by hot-chick Honey Horneé (Kim Basinger) to kill her husband), and is afraid nobody will buy a ticket to their self-styled "WayneStock".

With the characters established and the basic 'world' already delineated, one would expect Wayne's World 2 to just be more of the same, but some real thought was actually put into their second outing. The plot is more complicated this time around, but keeps the focus on the two central personalities, putting Myers through some interesting paces with a Twin Peaks-like hallucination (a half-naked Indian leads the sleeping Myers to see Jim Morrison), and turning sexpot Kim Basinger loose on the utterly defenseless Garth. The satire of commercial Rock 'n Roll is even more accurate, with our heroes confronted by moronic fans, and saddled with a burned-out 'rock legend' who has a great superstar scrapbook but tends toward senility. Christopher Walken's character is nicely underplayed, the gags come faster and mostly as fresh. Even when the material is obvious (the Village People routine) the enthusiasm makes it enjoyable. The film even drags Charlton Heston in for a particularly hilarious gag. Only at the very end did the fun sag a bit, when the movie parodies of The Graduate and Thelma & Louise fail to build into anything. But who's perfect?

Although Savant has little use for the infantile poo-poo humor level of most of Myers' Austin Powers, he finds both Wayne's World movies the equivalent of Bob Hope or Red Skelton vehicles. This was one favorite of my son's that I didn't have to pretend to like.


Paramount Home Video's DVDs of Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2 are technically topnotch, with bright pictures and punchy audio. The audio commentaries are okay, but not standouts. I sampled Stephen Surjik's track on the sequel in half a dozen places, and everything he had to say was pretty predictable, like 'Mike really wanted the Kung-Fu parody', or 'Chuck Heston was a nice guy.' The best gag on the disk is the clever menu setup, which mimics a cable channel guide. A bunch of provocative titles like Fun with Fire slip out of our reach, but we are allowed to select cable programs like The Brady Bunch, an exercise program, or an Elvis movie, all available or soon to be available from Paramount home video, naturally. Actual little clips pop up when we make our choice ... very cute. Paramount seems to have acquired all or part of the Republic library, as can be seen by a quick snippet of a Nyoka serial with a jungle girl menaced by a giant crawfish! (Yes, those are the kinds of associations Savant makes!).

So to help keep it all straight, Wayne's World = Alice Cooper. Wayne's World 2 = Aerosmith.

On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor,
Wayne's World 2 rates:
Movie: Very Good
Video: Excellent
Sound: Excellent
Supplements: Trailer, commentary by Stephen Surjik, cast and crew interviews.
Packaging: Keep case
Reviewed: August 4, 2001


Footnote:

1. Savant can proudly say that Ms. Spheeris was my T.A. at UCLA film school, a formality which involved one hallway conversation. Spheeris was a hot ticket even in 1974 - and my one memory of her in Melnitz was listening as she set up some shooting arrangements over a 'borrowed' UCLA telephone. The other memory was climbing to the top of Royce Hall to witness the Cambodia riots, with hundreds of protesters facing off against Reagan's cops - and finding Penelope up there with an ad hoc camera crew, filming the whole thing. We were chased out of the building by helmeted cops with billy clubs ... (they were breaking arms here and there, we were told) and I don't know how she got away.
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