Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Dan Shor, Terry Camilleri, Tony Steedman, Al Leong, Jane Wiedlin, Bernie Casey
Directed By: Stephen Herek
Written By: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 30 min
Woah, this totally awesome movie hit theaters at the end of the most triumphant 1980s. Starring two, utterly charming, yet historically challenged dudes, Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan. Both in need of an A+ in their history finals or risk flunking high school. Heinous!
So with the help from future George Carlin, a most righteous wizard with the electric guitar, they hop into a time traveling phone booth* and nab historical characters to help them pass their finals. If they fail, their band WILD STALLIONS will never form, the planets won’t align, people will not be excellent to each other and the party ends. Totally Bogus.
Along the way on their most resplendent journey, they encounter many historical figures from the past. They philosophize with So-cratz. Duke it out with Billy the Kid, and try to save two historical babes from a group of gnarly old dudes! They kidnap Beethoven, and the Freud, lure Genghis Khan with a Twinkie, and even bring Joan of Arc** along for extra credit.
As Ted says ‘Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K’, and this adventure is a totally bodacious one for sure. Its heart is in the right place though, and its most stellar performers Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are complete rock stars in this. In conclusion, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is an atypical, fun ride through historical times, and a party that reminds us to always be excellent to each other.
* Dr Who nod?
** “Noah’s wife?” – Bill
If you can see past the ‘valley’ crossed with ‘surfer’ language popular with teens in the 80’s and 90’s, then you might get into this. It’s a light and fun romp through history that doesn’t take itself too seriously and only lasts 90 minutes!
This isn’t really a big screen film, and should entertain on any sized device you care to watch it on.
I loved the scene where Medieval England and modern pop-culture collide, and we watch Bill and Ted quote dialog from Star Wars while wearing suits of armor and sword fighting!
“I’m Darth Ted,”
“Yah? Well, I’m Luke Bill! And you’re not my father!”