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
Supplements: Trailer, commentary by Stephen Surjik, cast and crew interviews.
Packaging: Keep case
Reviewed: August 4, 2001