In the beginning it was just a word. Then, for a while, it was funny, the negation thing. And apparently contagious: ”…Not!” became the most overused tag line to water-cooler conversations everywhere. Now the release of Wayne’s World the movie has sent critics into blue streaks of Waynespeak too. Below, a sampling of headlines and reviews that tried courageously to resist the trend…Not! Try not to hurl.
The Toronto Star
”Good idea for a movie — Not.”
The Los Angeles Times
”Wayne’s World: Awesome…NOT!
New York Newsday
”Wayne’s World Is Excellent — Not.”
The Star Tribune
”Wayne’s World is a surefire Oscar-winner and is destined to become a Hollywood classic…Not!”
The Washington Post
”Wayne’s World is a truly excellent movie that pursues the deepest impulses of man in a dehumanized world…Not!!!!”
”The Competition Relishes Wayne — Not!”
Good Morning America
”Wayne’s World is a towering achievement, a powerful drama, perhaps the greatest American film since Citizen Kane — Not.”
”Wayne Campbell, star of Wayne’s World, is a mush-minded dweeb whose success prefigures the collapse of civilization…Not!”
The Village Voice