Lisa Gallagher, Special to Cinefilles
I’m not going to go over the plot of Wayne’s World in this post, as I would be very surprised (although genuinely delighted) if we get anyone at our screening who has not seen this film before. But I will tell you this straight up though: I have seen Wayne’s World approximately 10 million times in my life and it NEVER gets old. I’ve watched it three times in the last month just in preparation for this month’s MUFF Toronto screening, and it has literally gotten MORE funny each time.
Do you remember in the early ‘00s when Wayne’s World was on MuchMoreMusic almost every weekend? I’m not gonna Google that to confirm that it’s true, but that’s how I remember it, right alongside A Night At The Roxbury (which I recently realized is co-directed by Amy Heckerling … I smell another MUFF screening in the future). I watched it every time. My love for this film runs deep, and here are a few reasons why:
5. Its Canadian Roots
We here at The MUFF Society love us some local talent! We all know Mike Myers is Canadian, but you might not know that the character of Wayne Campbell got his start up here as well. Myers brought Wayne with him when he made the move to SNL, but he had existed years before that, with Myers working on the character as a teen and debuting him on the Canadian television shows City Limits and It’s Only Rock & Roll.
4. The Quotes. Oh God, The Quotes
It’s Wayne World! Wayne’s World! Party time! Excellent! SCHWING! Asphinctersayswhat? It’s sucking my will to live! Are you mental? I’m having a good time … NOT. Live in the now! And you know what the worst part is? I NEVER LEARNED TO READ.
Party on, Wayne. Party on, Garth.
3. Tia Carrere
She’s a babe! If she were a president, she’d be Baberaham Lincoln. In French, she would be called “la renarde” and she would be hunted with only her cunning to protect her.
Okay, but also, Carrere’s character Cassandra is a strong, confident, and amazingly talented woman who also kicks ass. Whether it’s laying a beat down after an inconsiderate dude spills a drink on her, or kicking Wayne out of her apartment for disrespecting her, Cassandra knows her value and isn’t afraid to stick up for herself. Carrere, as a trained and talented singer, also performed all her own songs in the film and was featured on the soundtrack, which is incredible to me.
2. “Bohemian Rhapsody”
There’s no denying that this is one of, if not the most memorable scene in the movie. I was listening to Queen in the womb, okay? This was very important to me. Not only is the fit of the song just perfect in every way, but the use of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in Wayne’s World actually propelled the song to #2 in Billboard singles charts 17 YEARS after its initial release.
1. Director Penelope Spheeris
Speaking of that “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene, without Penelope Spheeris’ direction, the infamous guitar solo head-banging would not be in existence. Although Myers was the one who fought for the song choice, he is said to have butted heads with Spheeris about the head-banging, claiming no one would find it funny. Thank God Penelope won. Really, thank God she had control over all the direction! She had a keen eye for suburban metal heads and punk kids, having directed The Decline of Western Civilization and Suburbia prior to Wayne’s World, and she absolutely ROCKED this flick. She also went on to direct The Beverly Hillbillies and The Little Rascals.
Put simply: Wayne’s World is an amazing film. And even better, it’s an amazing film with amazing female involvement and drive behind it. Totally #MUFFApproved. Excellent!
The MUFF Society’s screening of WAYNE’S WORLD is on Wednesday, November 18th. Join them starting at 6 p.m. in the lobby for MUFFtails, limited-edition buttons, and an excellent photobooth! The screening will start at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by the short film LUNCHBOX LOSER. For more information about the event, click here.
And make sure to catch next month’s MUFF Society screening of GHOST WORLD on Wednesday, December 16!