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Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

A movie directed by Stephen Herek

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Partying through Time to Pass History?

  • Dec 25, 2002
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 but have a band called "Wyld Stallions" (Bill and Ted introduced air guitar to the rest of America outside of LA). The duo want to learn to play and stuff, but they have to graduate from high school and in order to do that they have to get an A+ on their history final.

Enter Rufus (George Carlin). Rufus is from the future, a future where peace reigns thanks to the music of Bill and Ted. However, if they don't pass that final, all of Rufus' society will be wiped into oblivion. So, he let's the bumbling duo borrow his time traveling phone booth (anybody seen Doctor Who) and travel throughout history picking up famous people to help them with their report. Abe Lincoln, Sigmund Freud, Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, Billy the Kid, Beethoven, and Napolean are all along for the ride. But while Bill and Ted have to find Napolean (ditched by his babysitter) the men and woman of history run wild in the mall and are arrested.

The movie is hilarious. True it is totally anachronistic and doesn't follow time travel theory at all, but because it never takes itself seriously, one can relish in the humor. The movie haunted Keanu Reeves' career and the surfer in the actor never left him until he made THE MATRIX. And the rest is, as they say, history.

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review by . August 07, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . July 29, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . December 26, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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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.
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