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Wayne's World 
It's Wayne's World... laughin' time ... excellent!
4/4 stars

"Wayne Campbell" (Mike Myers) and "Garth Helgar" (Dana Carvey) are two Aurora, Illinois, teens who run their own late-night cable access TV show titled Wayne's World, which have made them a local celebrity to their peers. However, they still both live with their parents, which is totally bogus! Sh-hah!

A smooth-tongued, sleaze ball of a TV producer named "Benjamin Oliver" (Rob Lowe), just happens to catch a Wayne's World with his latest "girlfriend" (NOT!) and has an idea which includes the show and his latest advertising client. He arranges a meeting with the lovable losers and offers them a very bad deal: $5000 each for exclusive rights to their program. In other words, he suckered them (totally). With dollar signs in their eyes, they both sign without reading the small print on the contract. To their dismay, they find that their show is now with an actual, but low, budget with a horrible cover of their show's theme song, a typical TV off-camera announcer and a set designed to look exactly like "Wayne's" basement, where they normally broadcast from. The two become very vocal with their displeasure in the production, "Benajamin" reminds them that they have signed contracts giving the network rights to the program. To make things even more bogus, "Benjamin" is using his sleazy tricks to woo "Wayne's" new, "totally babe-alicious" girlfriend "Casandra" (Tia Carrere) with the promise of helping her band's career and takes her and her band away to film a music video. This totally blows huge chunks! But "Wayne" isn't going to go down that easily and begins to use his comical and outrageous ways to get his show, and his gorgeous girlfriend back -- with help from "Garth" and his wacky gang of slackers.

This insanely funny movie is based on the former recurring sketch on the US television series Saturday Night Live, or "SNL" to the kids these days, that lends its name to this movie. The movie gives us a behind-the-scenes look in the Channel 10 cable access show and the lives of its hosts.

The entire cast is fantastic. Myers and Carvey recreate and expand the characters they created on SNL nicely, and have great comedic timing with one another. Carrere, who actually sang the songs you hear and see "Casandra's" band perform, is excellent playing the bilingual (bi-what? exsqueeze me?) songstress, and helps make "Casandra" and "Wayne" a loveable couple on-screen. Lowe plays his role so good, you actually see the sleaze dripping off of him (eewwww! I think I'm going to hurl!!). Lara Flynn Boyle is near perfect as the "totally mental" ex-girlfriend of "Wayne", however she is a bit too campy. Kurt Fuller, who plays "Benjamin's" sidekick, plays his character pretty well, but he's mainly there to be a target for some of the jokes. Other characters are either just there for filler in scenes or in minor roles that help get over some jokes.

This film is pure comedic fun, with little time between jokes for you to catch your breath. It has a lot of one-liners, slapstick and visual jokes that make you laugh out loud. Some of the jokes are even minor subplots, but usually are only there for more of a laugh rather than to advance a storyline (Garth's "dream girl" for example).

Many jokes, like the product placement scene, a dated and may not be understood completely by younger audience members, but are still laugh-out-loud funny. However, the worst of the jokes will give you an out loud chuckle and are still quite funny. In fact, I don't think one joke was so bad that all I could do was shake my head and roll my eyes at it.

This is certainly a "Must See" first pick the next time you go to your local rental shop for a movie.


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