The long-running sketch series Saturday Night Live has spawned some of the funniest and most memorable characters through their show and also help to launch many actors' careers past the series. But one of their most hit-and-miss ventures is movies based on their sketches, ranging from hits such as The Blues Brothers to flops like MacGruber.
But one of their biggest hits — and easily my personal favorite — film adaptations of a sketch was the 1992 comedy Wayne's World, which followed Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, hosts of the public-access TV series of the same name, and their adventures up into the more corporate and cable TV world. Here's a trailer for the cult comedy:
The film proved to be a huge success for both Paramount Pictures, who made over $180 million at the box office, and for stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, being Myers' debut in feature films and earning rave reviews from critics, holding a "Certified Fresh" approval rating of 85% from critics on the review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes.
Even after 24 years, the film proves to be a true landmark in the comedy world, with the generation that watched it upon release passing it on to the next generation with glee, and the generation after that finding it to still be enjoyable to this day. Let's take a look back and look at some of the best moments in the film that truly help make this film a cultural touchstone nearly a quarter century later.
Rocking Out With Your Friends
Whether you're a classic rock fan or not, when "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen begins playing, you know you sit there and rock out to that timeless classic, banging your head when it comes time for the hard rock section of the song. Wayne's World opened up with Wayne and Garth hitting the town and picking their friends up, and once everyone's in the car, Wayne puts in the "Bohemian" tape and the boys rock out over the opening credits.
This portrayal of the group rocking out to the song not only captures what we all love to do to the song, but still connects with people who love to rock out to any kind of music when they have friends in the car, whether it's classic rock or hip-hop or even musicals. Here's the full clip of the group banging their heads and singing along to the Queen classic, specifically the operatic section:
Refusing To Sell Out
Ever since James Dean donned that infamous leather jacket on screen in 1955 for Rebel Without a Cause, American youth has been fueled by the mindset of rebellion, whether against authority or elders or even the upper class. Wayne's World captured this idea perfectly as the hosts are forced to host an interview with their sponsor thanks to the fine print on their contracts.
But in a strong show of rebellion, the two turn the interview into one big joke insulting their sponsor, Noah Vanderhoff. Not only does this scene involve a bunch of jokes and one-liners hard to forget, but its main theme of refusing to completely sell out still strikes a chord with the younger generation's rebellion even today. Here's the scene for your viewing pleasure:
Finally Being Able To Buy That Toy
We all know that feeling. You go to a store, whether it be a clothing store, an electronics store or a toy store, and you see that one thing that you really covet, but it's just not in your price range, even with a job. But once you've saved up enough money — or in Wayne's case get signed to a big TV deal — you finally get to purchase that coveted "toy" and go all out with it.
Wayne's constant obsession over the Stratocaster is finally quenched when he is able to purchase it with his new contract money and gloat in front of the store clerk who ridicules him for asking to hold the guitar once again, as well as Garth getting to live out a small dream rocking the drums in the store. Here's a look at the hilarious scene:
Selling Out, But Not Saying You Are
It happens time and time again, especially with artists and musicians. They stay on an anti-corporate path for a while before eventually giving in and in a way selling out. But what Wayne and Garth capture so perfectly in this scene is that in giving into other sponsors, they still don't want to admit they have, which is also what happens many times with similar artists.
We as a society want to think we are independent and can stay separated from major corporations and big money, but when it comes down to it, we all have our price, and will deny it when we do "sell out." This scene makes perfect parody of this ideal, and helps to make this movie truly last and connect even today. Here's the scene for your judgment:
Meeting One Of Your Idols
Let's face it: We all have idols, be they actors, directors, singers, artists, etc. but not all of us get to meet our idols face-to-face. We may get to meet a couple celebrities we are really fans of, but idols can be tough. In Wayne and Garth's case, however, not only do they get to go to one of their idols' shows — Alice Cooper — they get VIP backstage passes that get them to meet the idol and hang out with him.
They both react the way any sane person would if they got the chance to meet one of their idols: With their signature catchphrase "We're not worthy, we're not worthy, we're not worthy!" Here's the scene of the two meeting and praising the Godfather of Shock Rock:
Approaching Your Crush
No matter how confident you are when it comes to dating, it's never easy to approach that one person that you find to be so appealing you just have to talk to them. Wayne's World captures this feeling and portrays it through shy guy Garth, who's in love with the waitress at the boys' favorite local donut shop. He pines after her every time he sees her, and Wayne tries to convince Garth to go and talk to her, but Garth is like the rest of us, nervous of rejection.
In trying to figure out a successful way to approach her, Garth daydreams of doing a bizarre and hilarious dance to the classic rock hit "Foxy Lady" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Now while we may not all daydream about dancing to impress our crush, we do all try to figure out a way to talk to our crush and daydream some outlandish scenarios of doing so. Here's the hilarious and bizarre musical scene:
Running Into Your Ex
Breakups are never easy for either party, but one of the worst feelings is running into them after the fact in public, especially if the person dumped became a little too attached — like Wayne and Garth's interactions with Wayne's ex-girlfriend Stacy. While Garth's solo interaction is hysterical, him letting her know she's mental, the best scene to represent the awkwardness is still when the group run into Stacy at their favorite local donut shop, and after accidentally making eye contact with her, she comes over to the table and makes the most painfully creepy conversation with them.
We've all had to deal with these painfully awkward situations, and Wayne's World really portrays it in such a believable way that it will continue to connect with audiences down through the years. Here's the creepy — and hilarious — scene:
If you want to revisit the magic that his Wayne's World, it's currently streaming on Hulu.
What are your favorite moments from Wayne's World? Do you think it will continue to resonate with audiences down the years? Let us know in the comments below!