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35: Deep Thoughts About Wayne's World

Updated: Jul 2

May 14, 2024

Party Time! Excellent! [Extended guitar solo]

On this week’s episode of Deep Thoughts, Emily revisits the most important cultural touchstone of the late 20th century: Wayne’s World. In addition to introducing an entire generation to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, this film presented a surprisingly complex characterization of Tia Carrere’s Cassandra and taught us that Milwaukee is the only major American city to have three Socialist mayors. While not everything holds up to 30 years of hindsight–the film doesn’t pass the Bechdel test, leans into the crazy ex-girlfriend trope, and makes a joke about police committing sexual assault–this remarkably sunny, silly, and sweet film still has a lot to offer modern audiences.

Exsqueeze me? Baking powder? Why haven’t you started listening already?

Content warning: Mentions of domestic violence, discussion of sexualized police violence

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