A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Overall, the message is to "be excellent to each other." It's important to work together for a goal (in this case, to save the world).
Positive Role Models
Bill and Ted don't pay attention in class and literally require divine intervention to save their grades -- but they're also sincere and well-meaning, and they try to be decent guys. Ted's dad treats him badly and yells at him. The boys steal Ted's dad's keys, let people out of jail, and generally disobey their parents. Girls are treated as sex objects (two are "given" to Bill and Ted as a reward for passing their history test).
Violence & Scariness
Lots of comic violence; no one gets hurt. Ted falls down the stairs of a medieval castle, and Bill thinks Ted has been stabbed and killed. Bill is almost stabbed as well, but Ted knocks the assailant out. Bill and Ted are almost decapitated. Billy the Kid causes a barroom brawl and later shoots a light out in modern-day San Dimas. Genghis Khan destroys a sporting goods store with a bat.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of lighthearted sexual innuendo. Bill and Ted refer to all women as "babes" and take turns staring at Bill's mom's cleavage. Missy and Bill's dad make out in Bill's bedroom. Bill's dad is married to a much-younger trophy wife. Genghis Khan stops eating and starts making out with a servant girl. Sigmund Freud points his corndog suggestively.
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Language isn't frequent but includes "d--k," "d--kweed," and "f-g."
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Products & Purchases
Circle K, and the duo introduces historical figures to the delights of "mall culture."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One fight in an old Western bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is about two Southern California teens (Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves) who have little respect for authority and actively disobey their parents. But the tone is very lighthearted, and the characters seem to have the best intentions ("be excellent to each other") during their adventures through time. Expect some comic violence; appropriately, the Dark Ages is where the duo encounters the most life-threatening -- but still comic -- situations. On the iffier side, girls are treated as sex objects to the point that mentor/guide Rufus (George Carlin) "gives" the boys two girls they met in Medieval England as a reward for passing their history test. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Some movies are irresistible junk food for the brain -- short, sweet, and so entertaining you want to watch them over and over again; this is one of those. It's a bonbon of a film, full of good looking, sweet scenes that make you feel giddy.
The great thing about Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is that it's perfectly paced and perfectly acted. Say what you will about Reeves' wooden-feeling delivery -- it takes a certain level of brilliance to come up with a character who's both maddeningly dumb and completely lovable. And there are other great scenes. Released on a modern mall, the historical characters act out. Joan of Arc rallies the troupes of an aerobics class. Billy the Kid turns out to be a bad flirt. And with one tilt of his corndog, Sigmund Freud is proven to be a perv. It's delightfully silly and eminently watchable.
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