I don’t recall when I first watched “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” or its sequel, but I do remember laughing hysterically. It is one of those movies that is so dumb and out there that it is hilarious. The jokes are timeless and the ridiculous speech is filled with wonderful catchphrases.
The other evening my girlfriend and I were out perusing movies at our local Hastings and we got to talking about comedies. We wanted something light hearted to watch for the evening, but didn’t know what we specifically wanted. To my dismay, shock, and horror I discovered that my girlfriend had never even heard of the “Bill & Ted” films much less watched them! In a mere span of seconds I was clutching copies of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.”
“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” follows two stoner high school students who are trying to form a band by the name of the “Wyld Stallyns.” In the beginning of the film Rufus a time traveler from the far future, played by George Carlin, travels back to 1988 to help Bill and Ted pass their history final, because if they don’t the totally excellent, non-heinous utopia of the future will cease exist. Even though Bill and Ted seem baked out of their minds most of the time and don’t possess a brain cell between the of ’em the two eventually unite the world in peace with their most awesome band the “Wyld Stallyns”; however, if they fail their history final they will be split up for good and the band will never even have a chance to save the world.
The bulk of film follows Bill and Ted as they travel throughout time picking up historical figures to present at their history final. It is a fun romp that still holds its own after all these years. I laughed just as hard the other morning watching the goofiness of Bill and Ted as I did all those years ago.
“Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” with Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, and William Sadler (1991)
Celeste and I decided to follow-up “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” with “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.” The two films are fairly short (only running an hour-and-a-half or so) and having a double feature of Bill and Ted seemed like a perfect way to start the morning.
This time Bill and Ted are killed by androids, sent from the future, and they must escape hell, death, and heaven in order to save the day, learn how to rock, and stop the future from being re-written.
Overall, I think that the first film is better, but the inclusion of the character, Death, adds much hilarity to the film. When Bill and Ted first meet death they Melvin him and take off. Later on they end up playing several board games with Death in an effort to reclaim their life. Laughter ensues, due to the fact that Death is a poor loser.
If you get a chance to watch these two films–go for it. They’re still just as funny as they were twenty-years ago.
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