The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California on February 14, 1992 · 125
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The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California · 125

Sacramento, California
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Friday, February 14, 1992
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im'amal Ern - - 40111'70NA Oltk Mike Myers left is the star of his own cable TV show and Dana Corny is his Ed McMahon-style sidekick Stupid works in IWayne's World' By Joe Baltake Bee Movie Critic 0 n a movie world where it's almost impossible to distinguish parody from outright ineptitude where there's a really thin line between "good" movies and "bad" movies "Wayne's World" emerges as something gloriously stupid It's a good "bad" movie — very good What's great about this Penelope Spheeris film is that it doesn't try to hide or camouflage its stupidity the way Lawrence Kasdan's "Grand Canyon" (a bad "good" movie) does It doesn't take the cocktail party posture and pretend to have something serious to say (not even beneath all of its gooniness) and it doesn't even pretend to be high camp What's more "Wayne's World" has enough self-confidence that it doesn't bother to wink at us or nudge us reminding us that hey it's all a joke folks just a stupid joke Besides anyone who would have to be nudged and reminded that it's a joke probably wouldn't get it anyway We're in the land of geeks here "Wayne's World" — in which Spheeris ("The Decline of Western Civilization") logically extends the popular recurring "Saturday Night Live" routine — is about a post-adolescent Bill and Ted a couple of severely socially retarded guys of indistinguishable age but probably in their 20s who hole up in one of the guys' basement doing a local cable access TV show in which they more or less celebrate their social retardation Wayne Campbell — created by the actor who plays him Mike Myers — is an ever-smiling super-articulate man-child who still lives at home with his parents in Aurora Ill Although Myers plays '- Wayne as a teenager he is clearly much older and well educated (as evidenced by his vocabulary) We get next to no background about 0TI LV WS Wayne's World Cast: Mike Myers Dana Carvey ha Carrere Rob Lowe Lara Flynn Boyle Brian Doyle-Murray Donna Dixon Colleen Camp Kurt Fuller Meat Loaf and Ed O'Neill Director: Penelope Spheeris Writers: Mike Myers Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner (Based on characters created by Myers) Producer: Lorne Michaels Cinematographer: Theo Van de Sande Distributor: Paramount Running time: 95 minutes Centuty VA the Movies Sacramento Rated PG the character but it's easy to guess that Wayne's parents (who are never seen) probably are Harvard graduates who work as PhD professors and have dreams of their lost wayward Wayne going to Harvard too Deep down you know that Wayne probably is very smart because it takes a smart person to finagle his own show on TV even on cable access or to go on without any preparation whatsoever without flinching and carry on entire conversations with plumbers carpenters and other assorted craftsmen Wayne is clearly a leader who doesn't know where he's going and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) his buddy and TV sidekick — his Ed McMahon — is your stereotypical follower On their weird show Wayne interviews strange guests (the aforementioned plumbers and carpenters) and critiques the town's babes (Wayne's word not mine) while Garth a sycophantic simp noddingly approves by commenting with either an "ex-cellent!" or a "party on!" These two are the Laurel and Hardy of the brain dead (Garvey even plays Garth with the same dense harmless sweetness that marked Stan Laurel) The movie which like their TV show is scattered and not about anything at all details what happens when a smarmy advertising executive (a game Rob Lowe turning into George Hamilton before our very eyes) notices how much one of his girlfriends enjoys the show and gets the idea to sell it as a vehicle for a blowhard client (Brian Doyle-Murray) who owns a chain of video arcades The executive offers Wayne and Garth $5000 each to sell out and they do with Wayne excitedly shouting "We made a thousand dollars!" (He may be bright but he can't add he's obviously bad with numbers or anything else that's remotely practical) Wayne takes his crew of three (which includes one guy who's always on the verge of vomiting) along for his ride into the Big Time before he realizes too late that he has standards: He has no qualms about interviewing a guy who invented an automatic haircutter but draws the line when it comes to making nice on TV with the arcade entrepreneur his sponsor Women flit in and out of "Wayne's World" — Tia Carrere as a rock musician on whom Wayne develops a crush Lara Flynn Boyle as the freckled local girl who has a crush on Wayne Donna Dixon as Garth's silent dream woman and Colleen Camp funny as the sponsor's ultra-supportive wife but this film really belongs to the boys If anything it's the ultimate "guy movie" Spheeris producer Lorne Michaels and their writers (who include Myers) meanwhile work in the music of Aerosmith the peppy "Laverne and Shirley" theme and a great visual bit about product placement (Products are hawked ad infinitum on the new "improved" Wayne's World TV show see?) "Wayne's World" is fizzy and loose with clean quick cutting and lots of nimble jokes and stunts And blessedly it's stupid and proud of it Wed FEB 19 7:30 PM KXTV's FOR KIDS' SAKE FAMILY NIGHT - SAVE $350 ON ALL TICKETS Courtesy of KXTV Ch 10 Wed FEB 19 7:30PM Thu FEB 20 7:30PM1 Fri FEB 21 10:30AM 7:30PM Sat FEB 2212NOONt 3:30PM 7:30PM Sun FEB 23 1:30PM 5:30PM KIDS' SHOWS t SAVE $2 ON TICKETS FOR KIDS UNDER 12! I' 0 a II b 10 Ilo T112170DISOUTI "D" STEIEET 111E11111E IS ID! "lailf3311E)PEALL a superb performance of a very good play 11 TIMOTHY BUSFIELD TICKETS$11 THE "B" STREET THEATRE corner of 27th and "B" Street Downtown Sacramento 443-5300 k-4 A-4 k-A m‘ William Olackin The BEE 4thirtysomethinWLs' TIMOTHY BUSFIELD LIETUritir' my "The "6" Street Theatre is off to a ftying start" Holly Johnson The UNION Ilmothy Buslield is tremendous" Buzz Norton SACTO NEWS & REVIEW "Edward Claud° gives a superb performance" Bill Madden BUTTERTOWN NEWS "A Delightful theahical experience" Robert Farmer SAC THIS WEEK —-011 RUN EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 1ST D STARRING TIMOTHY BUSFIELD RESCUE RANGERS FEB 19 THRU FEB 23 ARCO ARENA TICKETS IN PERSON: ARCO ARENA BOX OFFICE elo sent charge) and alltto TICKET CENTERS Including TOWER RECORDS &VIDEO and the WHEREHOUSE (seMce charge el $125 per ticker) V CHARGE BY PHONE: V(916) 923-BASS (707) 546-BASS (209) 466-BASS (servo chargeo I $150Pel ticket S600 mar pet ader) Information: (916) 928-8499 Group Rates: (916) 442-8166 ALL SEATS RESERVED $850 $1050 $1250 Special RINKSIDE SEATS Available Call Box Office For Details - THESACRAMENTOBEE FINAL I February 14 1992 TICKET 19 IP i r 's 7 '''' t t : 4$0fist- lot f ( ' ' ) I 44::- I k 671 ' ' -1 --4 ftYI J ' ':ist ---- '' ''-': 01-- t "Eli ' 'z 4 t '" f i Ei N !'1 "Ec - Pot !': pi d - - A - - 4 1 - i ' voor - It 4 EDWARD CLAUDIO L

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