Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

"Excellent"

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Review


The obvious inspirations for Wayne and Garth, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) first hit history in this witty, winning tale of two modern-day So-Cal misfits who end up travelling through time. The impetus? A future society bases all of its culture on the music Bill and Ted's band, Wyld Stallyns (And notably the phrase, "Be excellent to each other") -- but all of that might never happen if the burnouts don't get their history report done.

Alas, it doesn't look good. Bill and Ted are walking mistakes as it is. They can't pronounce Socrates and believe Caeser was "a salad dressing dude." But their grasp of superlative adjectives like triumphant and gnarly is impressive indeed, so maybe there's hope.

So the future dudes send back a little help in the form of Rufus (George Carlin), who appears in a phone booth that drops from the sky one night ("Strange things are afoot at the Circle K!"). Rufus gives them the travelling phone booth, and off they go on an adventure to collect historical figures for their history report. And that's where all the fun is -- It takes a certain deranged genius to have Socrates and Billy the Kid hitting on chicks at the mall, only to have Sigmund Freud cramp their style.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure became Keanu Reeves' most renowned role on his rise to stardom -- and despite a decade of anti-idiot roles in movies like Speed and The Matrix, he has yet to shake the stigma that Ted "Theodore" Logan left on his career. Ironically, Alex Winter has faded into obscurity -- he hasn't had a leading role since 1993. (Fittingly, writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon have since taken divergent paths as well. While Solomon has written some blockbusters like Men in Black and Charlie's Angels, Matheson is recently credited with Stepsister From the Planet Weird. Bogus!)

Bill & Ted is hardly the greatest film ever made, but if you want to see the penultimate film about teen apathy in the 1980s -- while learning something about history in the process (okay, not really) -- this Excellent Adventure keeps it coming like a 24-hour water slide.

The new "Most Excellent Collection" box set includes the original and the sequel, plus an extra disc of bonus material, including a making-of documentary, an interview with Steve Vai(!?), radio ads, and all manner of most excellent add-ons.



Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Facts and Figures

Run time: 90 mins

In Theaters: Friday 17th February 1989

Box Office Worldwide: $40.5M

Budget: $10M

Distributed by: Orion Pictures Corporation

Production compaines: Nelson Entertainment, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG), Orion Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Fresh: 34 Rotten: 9

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , Michael S. Murphey,

Starring: as Ted Logan, as Bill S. Preston, as Rufus, as Billy the Kid, Hal Landon Jr. as Captain Logan, as Missy Preston, as Napoleon, as Socrates, as Dr. Sigmund Freud, as Mr. Ryan, as Genghis Khan, as Joan of Arc, Robert V. Barron as Abraham Lincoln, as Ludwig van Beethoven, J. Patrick McNamara as Mr. Preston, Frazier Bain as Deacon Logan, as Princess Joanna, as Princess Elizabeth, William Robbins as Ox Robbins, Steve Shepherd as Randolf Shepherd, Anne Machette as Buffy, Traci Dawn Davis as Jody Davis

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Advertisement
Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

The 1989 Muay Thai action movie Kickboxer starred a young Jean-Claude Van Damme, who pops...

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.