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Wayne's World 2 (1993)

Youll laugh again! Youll cry again!! Youll hurl again!!!

Directed by:

Stephen Surjik

Rating: 6/10

Running Time: 95 minutes

UK Certificate: PG

On DVD

Country: United States

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey waited just one year to cash in on the runaway success of ‘Wayne’s World’ with this fun but unremarkable sequel.

So, unsurprisingly, little has changed since last we met them in their iconic guises of Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar. They still greet the passing of hotties with a reflex “schwing”, they’re still doing their small-time public access TV show, Garth still has a hairstyle modelled on loft insulation, and Wayne is still having problems with record company slimeballs (in this case Christopher Walken) sleazing over rock star girlfriend Cassandra (the babelicious Tia Carrere).

Also like last time, the movie is based more around a collection of individual sketches than any particularly strong storyline, but what plot there is centres around the lank-haired twosome’s attempts at staging their own “Waynestock” rock festival – urged on by Jim Morrison and a weird naked Indian.

There’s also the usual array of cameos, with Charlton Heston’s appearance as a “good actor” (yeah, like we’re gonna believe THAT) heading a list including Kim Basinger, Heather Locklear, Drew Barrymore and the late Chris Farley.

It’s all harmless stuff, and though the overall package isn’t quite as sharp as last time, there’s still that certain charm to the humour that makes Wayne and Garth impossible to dislike. There’s also another dose of embarrassingly enjoyable rock to help things move along, with everyone from Aerosmith to the Lemonheads getting in on the soundtrack.

It's Got: An early indication of Christopher Walken’s aptitude for throwing some shapes on the dance floor.

It Needs: Not to be watched by any secret Kenny G fans out there – you’ll be riled by the dentist’s chair scene. But hey – you probably deserve it.

DVD Extras Cast and crew interviews, and an audio commentary from little-known director Stephen Surjik. DVD Extras Rating: 4/10

Alternatives:

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Waynes World

Summary

Unoriginal and lacking the spark of the first movie, but it’s still great – if brainless – entertainment. Thank God you still get movies like this that are completely prepared not to take themselves remotely seriously.

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