Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Movie Review #904


Nationwide release on February 17, 1989. Adventure/Comedy/Sci-Fi. This film is rated PG. Runs 90 minutes. American production. Director: Stephen Herek. Written by: Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon. Cast: George Carlin, Terry Camilleri, Keanu Reeves, Dan Shor, Alex Winter, Tony Steedman, Al Leong, and Jane Wiedlin.


By Alexander Diminiano

Dude! This movie is absolutely bodacious! It’s like “Wayne’s World”, except it came before “Wayne’s World”, and it’s truly excellent. “Wayne’s World” was bogus, man, and particularly in comparison to “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, which is…what’s the word I’m looking for? Excellent!!

This is, like, the biography of Misters Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan. (Yeah, a biography. Based on a true story, man.) These two dudes, man, they rock my sox. They’re like bandmates in this band called Wyld Stallyns. And get this. They’re failing school. And if they don’t get an A-plus on their history presentation in a few days, Ted’s dad’s gonna send him to military school. He’s got plans and everything! Dude! Bogus!

But seven-hundred years in the future, the earth is like totally dominated by some bodacious fans of Wyld Stallyns. They know that they won’t have good music if Bill and Ted don’t get that A-plus. (Come on, man, put it in perspective. It’s like the world today without Lady Gaga. Anarchy, dude!) So obviously, since there’s, like, time machines and stuff seven-hundred years in the future, the overlord Mr. George Carlin sends this excellent time machine back to Bill and Ted so they can travel through all the coolness of time and stuff and, like, meet people from all different eras and epochs. George Carlin is so excellent, right!?

So that’s really what happens throughout the movie. Bill and Ted travel through time and they bring back these bodacious men, women, and children from all sorts of excellent time periods so that they can make the quality of their presentation so much more excellent. They bring back Napoleon, Billy the Kid, Socrates (that’s “so-crates,” not “sah-creh-tees”), Freud, Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, and Beethoven. But will Bill and Ted be able to give their excellent presentation when these historical figures are in jail because of the havoc they’ve wreaked all over Bill and Ted’s hometown of San Dimas, California? Bogus!

Oh and while they’re in medieval England, Bill and Ted invite two really bodacious medieval girls to the dance. Excellent! (The only problem with this is that these two babes are, like, in the process of having their marriages rearranged by their father, despite their bodacious loves for Bill and Ted.)

This movie has one really thin plot, man. There’s, like, nothing to it other than bringing people back from historical times into their own future, which is, like, our present-day life. But I have to give Chris Matheson–the dude who wrote the script–and Ed Solomon–the other dude who wrote the script–props for handling the story so bodaciously. There’s so much excellent comedy here, man. I don’t know about Alex Winter, but this is by far the most excellent role Keanu Reeves has ever done. Man, it was like the original movie! It came before “Speed” and “The Matrix”! It even came before “Something’s Gotta Give”! And we all know that the original is always the best! (I mean, didn’t he, like, prove that with “Speed” and “The Matrix”?)

But dude! The best part of this movie isn’t Keanu Reeves or anything. Keanu Reeves is bogus compared to Terry Camilleri. Dude, he plays Napoleon. Ever see Napoleon get pissed off in a bowling alley, man? It’s so bodaciously hilarious.