The follow up to the hilarious “Wayne’s World” has much more of a coherent ending, but that’s about all it has to offer. In the way of a sequel, rather than trying to continue bringing us new hilarious comedy bits like the car sing along, and product placement spoof, “Wayne’s World 2” either repeats those jokes in a new form, or extends them to where it’s boring. For some reason “Wayne’s World 2” is less a sequel and more of a spoof that confuses itself as some sort of David Zucker movie. The characters break the fourth wall constantly, ruining any momentum, and even touch on nineties fads once again. Instead, rather than a weird but funny appearance by the T-1000, there’s a cameo by the “Jurassic Park” T-Rex.
After apparently beating their last foe, we meet Wayne and Garth a year later as they’re still doing their cable access show and still love Rock and Roll. Wayne is still in a relationship with Cassandra, except she’s rising to stardom thanks to a new producer named Bobby Cahn, while Wayne feels insignificant. To combat those feelings, Wayne makes up a fake concert named Waynestock and fights to assemble the event, as well as compete with Bobby, who is making a play to seduce Cassandra. Christopher Walken plays a deadpan villain for the sequel who is wise to Wayne and Garth’s shtick, but that’s about all he brings to the table. At least Rob Lowe had a smug and smarmy quality that made him delightfully obnoxious.
“Wayne’s World” had an interesting story with Wayne meeting his dream girl and Garth trying to find his own. “Wayne’s World 2” and its premise only acts as a frame to stage a lot of the gags we saw from the first film. Rather than Alice Cooper, Wayne and Garth fall at the knees of Aerosmith. Rather than a gag where Wayne speaks Chinese, there’s a gag where Wayne and Cassandra’s father (James Hong) speak Chinese, which then reverts to cheap English dubbing a la Kung fu movies. Garth’s sub-plot is little more than uninteresting filler as he falls for a blond goddess who begins to control everything he does. This causes a rift between the pals, especially as Wayne anxiously tries to assemble his concert at the behest of the spirit of Jim Morrison.
A lot of these elements have potential to be another laugh riot, but the sequel is pretty stale and seems to just go through the motions. There are some neat bits here and there, at least, with Chris Farley and Harry Shearer making cameos, while Ed O’Neill’s (obviously lending time during the success of “Married with Children”) character from the original appears for a moment to lend Wayne some morbid advice. “Wayne’s World 2” feels like it was slapped together to keep the momentum of the first film. While it has its rare moments, it’s just not as good as its predecessor.