Making the Grades
For the many parents that have never sat through Wayne's World 1 or 2, the premise is easy to grasp. Wayne and Garth are two friends of an uncertain age. Together they host a volunteer cable television show called Wayne's World, a program that supposedly "speaks" to the teenagers of Aurora, the Chicago suburb these two call home.
The second movie outdoes the first for a lame plot. In this episode, Wayne decides to one-up his girlfriend's manager (of whom he is jealous) by holding a mega rock concert called "Waynestock." But the plot really isn't the point anyway.
What is the point is that Wayne's World has quickly become the backbone of teenage culture, and has even had a dramatic effect on new television production methods. Dozens of corporations have called upon the nifty phrasing and camera moves to market a litany of products to the under twenties. This is powerful stuff for teens, and that makes it worth taking a look at for the adults.
The actual content of the movie is subtle. Everyone is having such a good time, you forget that these two guys really need to find a job somewhere and that women in the real world don't appreciate Wayne and Garth's crude way of demonstrating their appeal for them. As usual, virginity isn't cool, and Wayne is quick to congratulate Garth on that discovery. The language relies on creative new words to denote sexuality rather than the old standbys.
I would be amiss to say I didn't laugh a few times, and that the music was precisely put together adding even more power to the movie, but overall Wayne gets a D for disturbing. I find it hard to believe that something worthwhile couldn't be worked into the script, while still maintaining the high level of interest.