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Wayne's World is a 1992 comedy film starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as hosts of a cable access television show from Aurora, Illinois. The movie was adapted from a popular skit of the same name on NBC's Saturday Night Live. It was directed by Penelope Spheeris and also featured Rob Lowe and Tia Carrere.
Wayne and Garth's hobbies included playing Hockey in the street, hanging out at Stan Mikita's doughnut shop, and catching hot local bands at "Gas Works," a hard rock club in Aurora. A possible explanation of the naming of the coffee shop Stan Mikita's is found under the section for Tim Hortons.
The movie was filled with pop culture references and started a few of their own. Catch phrases like "Not!" and "Excellent!" aided the slacker lingo of Generation X as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure did in 1989. Its multiple endings and the use of the camera as a character have been noted in film studies. The use of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the film propelled the song to #2 in Billboard singles charts nearly 20 years after its first release.
The Soundtrack album reached number one in the Billboard album charts.
A sequence where Wayne starts playing guitar in a guitar store and the clerk stops him and points to a sign saying "No Stairway To Heaven", is based on signs found in guitar stores during the 70s, based on the number of people who play Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven. The movie originally had him playing the riff, but for the video and DVD release it was changed to a generic riff, after threats of legal action from Led Zeppelin, who are famous for never allowing the song to be featured in movies.
Wayne's World received mostly positive reviews upon release and was commercially successful (an oddity for Saturday Night Live-based films, which frequently do poorly at the box office). It was followed by Wayne's World 2.
Wayne's World was written by Mike Myers. His only other screenwriting credits are for his Austin Powers films.
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