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Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey

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Slackers meet Satan in not-quite-so-excellent adventure.
  • Review Date: December 6, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Bill and Ted are the biggest airheads in San Dimas, but it doesn't stop them from trying to be decent guys. The evil androids, who are trying to kill them, are malevolent and sexist.

Positive role models

Bill and Ted aren't exactly great role models, with their slacker mentality, but they've got their hearts in the right place. Death is a patient, scythe wielding character who actually becomes kind of a lovable sidekick.Other characters, including the andriod Bill and Ted, make obviously poor choices. And women are typically trophies.

Violence

Some gnarly robot behavior, including pulling skin apart to expose robot parts hidden underneath. Punching and a perilous fall that kills two main characters (who later come back as ghosts).

Sex

Androids try to force sex on teenage girls, but are unsuccessful. Lewd reference to being excited when a character sees a photo of a female.

Language

Occasional language including "s--thead," "hell," "damn," "dick," and an anti-gay slur.

Consumerism

Pepsi products displayed, a concert is sponsored by Mountain Dew. Porsche visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Bill and Ted act like perpetual stoners, but they are not shown using drugs. It appears that Bill and Ted drink beer in a scene, though the cans are partially obscured.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this follow up to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure contains many of the airhead shenanigans as first movie. Evil androids trash an apartment, kidnap the inhabitants, and push them to their deaths -- all for comic effect. Much of the movie plays in Hell, where the guys meet Satan and face their fears. Expect some occasional language ("s--t" and "dick") and some sexualized female stereotypes.

What's the story?

Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are two teenagers who like to hang out and shred on guitar. That is, until an evil dude from the future threatens to kill their Utopian dream by sending back in time two evil androids who look like Bill and Ted but are so... not them. When the evil Bill and Ted push the real Bill and Ted to their deaths, the two ghosts have to travel through Hell in order to regain their mortality and win the rock music contest that their destinies rely on.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

As sequel to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, this movie does not hold up to the first movie's fresh quality. Though there are some laugh out loud moments, Bill and Ted seem to be stumbling through the gates of Hell to get to the grand finale. Moreover, we don't get enough of George Carlin in this movie, whose character Rufus created a nice foil to the slacker pace in the first movie.

Perhaps, too, the airhead stereotype has been reprised so often that the 21st century viewer cannot appreciate how illuminating Keanu Reeve's characterization of Ted was in the late '80s and early '90s. We now see echoes of this slacker character all the time: but this portrayal was one of the first define a generation. Keeping that in mind, parents who grew up in the '80s might enjoy introducing their tweens to a little lighthearted fun care of the boys from San Dimas.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the slacker stereotype. How did teens get so dumbed down? Do you know teens who act like Bill and Ted?

  • The "dudes" shred on guitar and the "babes" are treated like prizes. What do these stereotypes say to young viewers?

  • Death -- AKA The Grim Reaper -- ends up being a pretty decent dude in this movie. How does playing down death and dying work as comedy? Where can it go wrong?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 4, 1991
DVD release date:December 4, 2001
Cast:Alex Winter, George Carlin, Keanu Reeves
Director:Peter Hewitt
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Adventures, Friendship
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Adult Written byCptnAdmiral May 26, 2011

A Cult Movie for the Offbeat Older Crowd

This movie is a hilareous 90s cult movie for offbeat teens and older tweens. However, this movie is not for kids - Bill and Ted aren't as purposfully rude or slacky as this review may say - they are just airheads without a clue, and that is what makes this adventure so enjoyable. This adventure is offbeat and hilarous for older crowds, but definatly not for kids. The original would be more for kids! This movie is definatly not as intense as the review portrays it to be - it's too lighthearted to be taken seriously.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byStevie111 July 17, 2015

Extremely Dumb and Disappointing Sequel

This film was extremely disappointing since I loved the first Bill & Ted. In addition to being much less funny, there is more death and just as much language. There is also some suggestive humor. I absolutely did not like this movie, and do not recommend it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byMarioMii March 15, 2012

This movie is scary

They should have rated this movie PG-13 or R because there is a lot of evil

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