Wayne’s World: A live watch!

Running thoughts while watching Wayne’s World…

I’ll just come right out and say it, Wayne’s World is possibly my favorite movie of all time.  Please save your judgement, I didn’t say it’s necessarily the best movie of all time, believe me, I’m well aware of its flaws.  I just said it might be my favorite.  I can remember watching this movie as a kid, and I mean a young kid around five or six years old.  Obviously too young to be watching it, but my parents had it on VHS (yeah yeah, I’m such a 90s child) and I was always the first person awake in my household, so what else was I supposed to do.  Besides, even to a five year old words like “shwing” are funny, even if I didn’t know what it meant at the time.  But that’s the point, I found it funny as a kid even while understanding nothing, and the movie is even funnier now that I’m older and understand at least a little bit more.  So I’m going to start the movie now and just write down all the random thoughts that pop into my head.  It’s possible that this will simply turn into a list of all my favorite quotes, but what’s wrong with that?

Now, before I start, I’m sure you’re wondering why… and I don’t blame you.  Well, today is Valentine’s Day, and Wayne’s World was released 26 years ago today, which technically makes Wayne’s World a Valentine’s Day movie.  After all, at it’s core Wayne’s World is a zany off-the-wall love story! Party on!

– Alright let’s just start this out in the weirdest place possible and get this out of the way… if Rob Lowe was trying to scam me out of anything, I’d fall for it.  I mean seriously, it is Rob freaking Lowe.

– I’m pretty sure a suck cut would never work…

– A little Bohemian Rhapsody gentlemen?? Absolutely one of the greatest scenes in movie history.  I feel pretty comfortable in saying that every single American has re-enacted this scene at some point in their life.  It has been re-enacted on every family or spring break road trip since the movie’s release and will be from now until the end of time.  You simply can’t listen to Bohemian Rhapsody without thinking of this movie.

– “If you’re gonna spew, spew into this.”

– again, if you never yelled “we need coffee and crullers stat” when you have a too drunk or hungover friend, you have yet to live.

– Cue Al Bundy cameo

– Kids today will never know what a psychohosebeast is… It’s a sad world.

– “If it’s a severed head I’m gonna be very upset”

– “I don’t even own A gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack.”

– Sometimes I forget just how awesome this movie’s soundtrack is…

– Cue the Meat Loaf cameo.  the bouncer named Tiny, a much lesser known cameo in this movie!

– I might forget about the soundtrack, but I never forget how ridiculous this movie is.  I mean, do we ever figure out why Garth essentially has a crazy taser in his car?? And he doesn’t get in any trouble for electrocuting someone inside of a club?

– we don’t use the word “wail” enough anymore.

– “Pardon me, do you have any grey Poupon?” Another reference nobody would get today.

– A gelatinous cube?? Is that even scientifically possible?

– “Garth, marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries.”

– Your drunk friend tells you a story about the night when he was too drunk to remember that you were all together… We’ve all been there.

– What are Wayne’s parents doing the whole time in this tiny ranch house?  They don’t care about the cable truck constantly parked in the driveway or all the noise coming from their basement every Friday night?

– Love Garth.  Some of the best moments in the movie come when he breaks the fourth wall.  “Did you ever see that Twilight Zone where…”

– Intensity in Ten Cities… I can not even begin to tell you how many times I’ve used that saying in every day speech.

– All the times that I’ve watched this movie and I still don’t understand why the dialogue stops but the subtitles keep going and the characters act like the dialogue never stopped… what is happening???

– “Sometimes I wish I could boldly go where no man’s gone before, but I’ll probably stay in Aurora.”

– Babe-raham Lincoln.   Definitely dropped that compliment on my wife a time or two.

– “Excuse me Russell, but I believe I requested the handjob.”

– Just some real behind the scenes TV knowledge here.  Now I know that you don’t say two or one.

– “We’re looking down on Wayne’s basement, only that’s not Wayne’s basement. Isn’t that weird?”

– “That was a haiku.”

– Garth’s philosophy on underwear is spot on.

– True story, as a kid in our old neighborhood, we used to play street hockey when the weather cooperated, and without a doubt, the “Game on” and “Car” chants were out in full force.  At this point, it’s the universal language of all sports played in the street.

– I don’t know why Garth has a working human hand on his workbench that he has to hammer into submission, and I don’t care.

– “I thought I had mono once for an entire year.  Turned out I was just really bored.”

– I’ve never played an instrument or even been in an instrument store.  But I do like to think that the “May I help you riff” is a real thing.

– And now we get to see that Garth has some real skills on the drums!

– The scene where Benjamin confronts Wayne about letting their sponsor on the show is pure comedic gold.  “It’s like people only do things because they get paid, and that’s just really sad.”

– Another great Al Bundy appearance.

– The greatest advice and one of the greatest movie lines in history:

“If you blow chunks and she comes back, she’s yours.  If you spew and she bolts, it was never meant to be.”

In my opinion this ranks right up there with other iconic movie lines like “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” from The Godfather, or “Are you talkin’ to me!” from Taxi Driver.

– Doing a little background research on this movie to get some more info… Apparently Dana Carvey based Garth’s character on his own brother.  I’m sure his brother was thrilled about that.

– Apparently Led Zeppelin actually did ban the movie from using Stairway to Heaven… No Stairway, denied!

– The whole Bohemian rhapsody scene almost didn’t make it into the film because the studio wanted a Guns n’ Roses song to be used.  Not sure about anyone else, but I just can’t see it being anything other than Queen in that spot.  Just picturing the boys driving down the road belting out Sweet Child O’ Mine makes me want to rewind this movie right now to watch it with Queen again.  Besides, SCOM is reserved for Step Brothers.

– As a Wisconsin native I am profoundly proud that our state made it into this wonderful film.

– Cue the Chris Farley cameo.  This was actually Chris Farley’s first ever film appearance.

– Party on Garth… I guess.

– This scene is hilarious, probably not appropriate to explain on here, just go watch the movie!

– How did this movie not get nominated for best picture?

– What exactly does Garth say when that plane is flying over?

– Fine then go… I’m gone… Go then… I am… Ok fine then go… I’m gone… go then… Well I am…

– Damn I need to make this my halloween costume next year…  The planning starts now!  I’d be willing to host a party just so I can dress up like Wayne and Garth

– Love it when the cameraman tries to bail.  Nice touch

– Al Bundy #3

– There are some movies that act as a terrific barometer for whether or not I will like a person.  Field of Dreams, Star Wars etc… Wayne’s World is definitely one of those movies for me.  If someone tells me they’ve never seen or, god forbid, don’t like Wayne’s World that will definitely affect our relationship going forward.  I remember the first time I watched the movie with my wife because we were only dating at the time and I was actually kind of nervous.  We were playing beer pong on a tiny table in my apartment, so that helped a little! But what if she hated it and thought it was stupid?  I don’t know what I would’ve done! Ok, well that is an obvious stretch, but you get the point.

– “Oscar Clip”

– Apparently after filming this Rob Lowe discovered he had a gift for comedy.  Just one more thing that makes Wayne’s World such a great movie.  To think that we might’ve never seen Lowe in Parks and Recreation if it wasn’t for Wayne’s World, that really would’ve sucked.

– “If Benjamin were an ice cream flavor, he’d be pralines, and dick.”  Garth really stepping up to the plate here again.

– Ballroom Blitz, fantastic jam.

– I ask again, what are Wayne’s parents doing while all of this stuff is going on?  Just sitting upstairs reading the newspaper? They gotta be about six old fashioneds in each just to put up with this.

– So now we get to the crux of the issue here… how does this movie really end?  There’s three different endings to choose from, the sad ending, the scooby-doo ending, and the mega happy ending.  Honestly, we can discuss this but it definitely has to be the mega happy ending.  I like the idea of the scooby-doo ending but let’s be real.  So that leaves the sad ending and mega happy ending, and I’m just more of a happy ending kind of guy, even if it is over the top!

Well that’s all the time I have for this post… I hope you enjoyed it.  Or at least I hope you didn’t hate it too much.  I know I had fun writing it and reliving all of the funny moments and memories I have with this movie.  It sounds weird to say but this movie is a big part of my childhood, at least as far as entertainment is concerned.  And I honestly think my current sense of humor is largely derived from having watched this movie so many times.  Watching this movie now I also enjoy how this movie is quite possibly the most ’90s thing ever.  It is so all over the place and carries such an anything goes attitude that was so quintessentially ’90s.   I know that I will continue watching this movie at least periodically throughout my life, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it every time I do!

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