On the surface this seems like a dumb movie -- which it probably is to most -- but I loved it growing up and it still holds true seeing it and it's sequel as an adult. They are both fun, a little cheesy, and original. I mean, who else has people time traveling in a phone booth?!
Pros - Has the late great George Carlin, Keanu Reeves before anyone cared who he was or thought he could act and the second one has William Sandler as one of the best portrayals of the Grim Reaper I have seen on screen. It also has a nice cameo from Primus.
I also liked the lackadaisical attitude it takes on time travel. For example, the whole reason they are given the time machine is to pass a history report to keep them together and stop an alternate future where their crappy music heralds a new era of universal peace... however it's okay to borrow a handful of the most iconic figure in the history of mankind for a high school project without disrupting things as well as using not the physical time machine, but just the idea of it as a plot device like when they discuss stealing some keys and hiding them only to have them magically show up after discussing it without them actually ever following through with their conversation later.
Cons - Their music was SOOOOOO lame. Other than that if you take it for what it is, it is a very fun couple of movies to watch and a nice departure from some of the bleaker time travel movies.
There are a million movies which could be claimed to sum up everything about the 1980's, but none of them seem to do it so succinctly as one teen movie that was released at the tail end of the decade. I'm not even talking about a John Hughes movie here. I'm talking about Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I have to use that example because virtually everything about it screams the 80's. It piggybacks a popular plot device, using time travel as its instigator since Back to the Future was so big … more
This film vouchsafed us the megastardom of that great contemporary thespian, K Reeves, esq., so you do have to wonder what poor Alex Winter (William S. Preston to his friends) can have done to irritate the Hollywood Gods. Where Reeves can count Shakespeare comedies and the Matrix Trilogy on his CV, the best Alex Winter can claim seems to be Death Wish III.In any event, this is a great romp of a film, and it's much funnier that the highbrow critics (Amazon's included) realise. The sequel is even … more
After the success of BACK TO THE FUTURE, a slew of movies about time travel were produced and released. None have ever reached the level of excitement and humor yet without breaking continuity with time travel theory than that film did. Some of the films made were decent, some were terrible, and some were just incredibly funny. BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE was one the funniest time travel films and was a huge hit.Bill and Ted are two California high school losers who can't even play instruments … more
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction–comedy buddy film in which two metalhead slackers travel through time in order to assemble a menagerie of historical figures for their high school history presentation.
The film was written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon and directed by Stephen Herek. It stars Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston, Esquire, Keanu Reeves as "Ted" Theodore Logan, and George Carlin as Rufus.