Wayne’s World 20th Anniversary

Today's the 20th anniversary of Wayne's World

In today’s installment of God damn I’m getting old,

It’s kind of hard to believe that two decades have passed since Paramount Pictures released Wayne’s World. On one hand, in the year 2012, the idea that Saturday Night Live could still create such a huge movie phenomenon seems unlikely, and maybe a little absurd. But Wayne’s World was the highest-grossing SNL movie for a reason that makes it as relevant as it stays today: It was two pretty normal guys sitting around in a basement, doing things we all do. Which is what all the new comedies do these days anyway.

It’s true: I was just getting out of the Army and getting ready to host a cable access television program with my moronic 37-year-old friend and seeking to bed a hot Asian rock singer. Or, something like that.

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Comments

  1. Franklin says:

    I was just getting out of the Army and getting ready to host a cable access television program with my moronic 37-year-old friend and seeking to bed a hot Asian rock singer.

    Not.

  2. Neil Hudelson says:

    It’s true: I was just getting out of the Army and getting ready to host a cable access television program with my moronic 37-year-old friend and seeking to bed a hot Asian rock singer. Or, something like that.

    You don’t have to be sarcastic. Obviously the author wasn’t talking about the zanier parts of the movie. He was talking about the fact that most young men have had to compete with Christopher Walken for the love of their life.

  3. James Joyner says:

    @Franklin: Well, at least the getting out of the Army part.

  4. Doubter4444 says:

    Talk about getting old: The first commercial I produced for an advertising agency was “Nuprin” “Little, Yellow, Different, Better” parodied in Wayne’s World!
    It’s funny that it turned into a bit of the cultural zeitgeist of the era.