Think of this as a guide through each of Christopher Walken's films, starting with his first and moving forward. Each review will provide analysis, factoids and opinion on the ninety-plus films in his career.
Walken in Short: He’s a scheming record producer named Bobby Cahn. A smooth-talker and a great dancer (of course!). If you’ve seen the first Wayne’s World he is the equivalent to Rob Lowe’s character, both pretty much just trying to steal Cassandra away.
Movie in a Sentence: Wayne (Mike Myers) attempts to put on a rock festival with the help of his friend Garth (Dana Carvey) while his girlfriend Cassandra (Tia Carrere) gets tempted away by smooth-talking record producer (Christopher Walken), oh and other shenanigans occur.
Director: Stephen Surjik [The first WAYNE’S WORLD was directed by Penelope Spheeris who (allegedly) didn’t want to do the sequel because her and Mike Myers didn’t get along. So Surjik had only directed some ‘Kids in the Hall’ episodes at the time, and then went on to do almost exclusively more television after this. ]
Writer: Terry & Bonny Turner wrote the script for this one as well as the first one, both along with Mike Myers writing too. The Turners also wrote TOMMY BOY (1995) and CONEHEADS (1993).
Actors Other Than Walken: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Ralph Brown, Tia Carrere, and James Wong. Also seen are: Aerosmith, Rip Taylor, Kevin Pollack, Bob Odenkirk, Kim Basinger, Heather Locklear, Charlton Heston, Tim Meadows, and the lovely lovely Drew Barrymore (see below). Chris Farley also has a few moments in this.
FUN FACT: WAYNE’S WORLD (1992) was Farley’s first appearance in a film, and though he is in this one too, his character is not the same!
Similar Films: You could watch the first WAYNE’S WORLD, any of the AUSTIN POWERS films, SO I MARRIED AN AX MURDERER, or any of the SNL-based films (Night at the Roxbury, Superstar, Ladies Man, Coneheads, MacGruber).
Walken Content: 10% – Walken is sprinkled conservatively throughout the running-time. He shares most of his screen-time with Tia Carrere (who provides some nice eye-candy), has some alright lines, dances a bit, and serves as a kind of “bad-guy”, but unfortunately there’s nothing amazing here.
FUN FACT: Though Walken plays the straight-man, this is the first outright ‘COMEDY’ that he appeared in.
Walken Quote: If you remember from the first film, Wayne does the “Asphinctersayswhat”-joke quite successfully (…What?), but this time when Garth attempts it, Walken is too crafty for that, and instead responds:
“You want me to say “What?” like I don’t get it. Is that it? Is that it?!”
~ Bobby Cahn (Walken)
And then out of nowhere he makes this fantastic series of faces:
Because he can.
So Should You Watch This? Well, if you enjoyed the first one, and you like Mike Myers’ early work, then yes. Though it is not as perfect and quotable as WAYNE’S WORLD, the sequel is no slouch and is certainly good for a laugh or five. Especially with all of the cameos and bit-parts, it’s a good bit of fun that moves briskly to its obvious but pleasant conclusion.
But is this necessary Walken-viewing? No, definitely not.