A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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