Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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"History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can't spell."
  • PG
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 6.9  (137,624)
  • 50

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a comedy science fiction movie from 1989, starring Keanu Reeves as Ted Logan and Alex Winter as Bill Preston. The movie starts with the two teenagers being on the verge of flunking out of their high school history class. However, the history teacher, Mr. Ryan, tells them that they have one last chance to pass their class. He informs them that an excellent history report is due on Monday, or they will fail.

After a brief visit to Ted's house where we get a glimpse at his dysfunctional family dynamic, Bill and Ted decide that the only way to ace their history report is to travel through time and collect accurate first-hand information from the people who lived it. By the stroke of luck, they get help from Rufus, a time traveler from the year 2688 who arrives in a phone booth. Rufus had been sent to ensure that Bill and Ted's band, Wyld Stallyns, become successful musicians, leading to a utopian future.

Rufus teaches Bill and Ted about the intricacies of time travel and gives them a device that allows them to travel through time. The two decide to start their journey by traveling to ancient Greece in 410 BC, to meet with the great philosopher, Socrates. Bill and Ted's first-time travel changes the course of history as they accidentally bring Socrates back with them to the present day. This event sets off a chain reaction that has Bill and Ted bouncing around different eras and collecting historical figures, such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, and Joan of Arc.

The two teenagers transport these famous figures to the modern era, where they help them assimilate into the society of San Dimas, California. The scenes involving these historical figures trying to understand suburban life are a highlight of the movie. For instance, when Napoleon goes nuts at the water park, everyone around him thinks he is a fanatic of water activities.

In their journey, Bill and Ted have to face some challenges like avoiding getting eaten by a dinosaur, facing Napoleon in a games arcade, and breaking their way out of jail. But with their deep friendship and positive attitudes, these two teenagers aim towards achieving their goals.

One of the most noticeable parts of the movie is the excellent music selection. The movie soundtrack is a mix of modern rock music with classic tunes like "The Boys Are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy and "In Time" by Robbie Robb. These catchy tunes add an extra layer of fun to the already entertaining movie.

The movie has some great humor that still holds up today, and Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have fantastic chemistry. Reeves is brilliant as always and plays the character of Ted with a slack-jawed enthusiasm that is both amusing and endearing. Alex Winter, in the role of Bill, is the perfect contrast to Ted's lackadaisical attitude, with his natural quirkiness and anxious energy.

George Carlin, in the role of Rufus, is a nice addition to the cast. Carlin brings his signature brand of comedy and unique humor, a perfect fit for the film's tone. His character also plays a vital role in the plot, driving the narrative and adding depth to the overall story.

In conclusion, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a fun and wacky movie that captures the heart and essence of the late 80s. The film's humor, excellent soundtrack, fantastic performances, and time-bending shenanigans make it a timeless classic. This movie has everything that one could want from an escapist comedy - humor, adventure, and a great soundtrack that will get stuck in your head for days.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 50.

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    6.9  (137,624)
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