Bill and Ted are back!  Bill and Ted are back!  And people are already telling us how much they’re going to suck when the movie comes out in…  I dunno, what does time mean anymore? Still, in a world where the new iteration of Star Trek is held in high regard and Battlestar Galactica Version 2.0 is still considered a high point of writing, there are still a lot of properties yet to return.  Not so long ago, there was even talk of another installment of ‘Wayne’s World’ swirling, proving once and for all that nostalgia is an unstoppable force of nature, equal to any Sharknado.  Indeed, the idea of sixty-five-year-old Garth and fifty-seven-year-old Wayne dealing with prostate trouble and mortgages does seem funny, but in ALL the wrong ways, leading us to today’s ill-advised query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) misses the nineties as much as the next Gen X’er, and has even watched ‘Reality Bites’ in the last year or so, asking: Do you think audiences would find amusement in the adventures of a middle-aged Wayne and Garth?

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  1. I would watch a new Wayne’s World movie. I liked the characters and adventures of Wayne and Garth more than Bill and Ted.

  2. Malone_hasco on

    They would find their own niche audience in around 35 to 45 year olds. I doubt it would work in todays mainstream.

  3. It really just depends on whether the script is good and if it’s funny. I’d definitely watch a new one if it was good.

  4. i grew up in a time smack between Wayne’s World and the Clerks/Smithverse of slacker comedy popularity. Wayne’s World had already been out for a few years on video by the time I reached teenagerdom, and Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy were still sort of cult underground video phenomenons, with Dogma and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (arguably the height of Kevin Smith’s popularity) wouldn’t be out for another 10 years, right around late college for me.

    i suppose if i had to identify with one of those universes, i would’ve maybe skewed (heh) closer to the Smithverse. but i never really identified with it, or thought it “spoke to my generation.” they were just mildly enjoyable movies that really haven’t aged well. and that might be the crux. looking at the diminishing returns of something like the newer Kevin Smith/Jay & Silent Bob movies, i’d initially say no, with a faint glimmer of hope attached to it. i’m sure a Wayne’s World 3 (or netflix series) would find a small audience that would enjoy riding the nostalgia wave, but i doubt very few new fans would come into the fold given how outdated Wayne’s World looks now. I mean hell, they were listening to Queen and Alice Cooper in 1992, which already meant they were kinda throwbacks to 70’s/early 80’s heshers back then. seeing a new Wayne’s World thing now would be like a throwback to a throwback to a throwback.

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