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Parents' Guide to

Bill & Ted Face the Music

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Funny, satisfying threequel wraps series with family focus.

Movie PG-13 2020 78 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 11+

Good watch for nostalgia lovers and music nerds

All in all, this movie was a really fun ride. However, the current $20 streaming price may only be worth it to a select audience - viewers who are either stir-crazy to watch a new blockbuster, love 80s/ 90s nostalgia or time travel movies, or are hard-core music lovers. Because of complex plotlines, I would rate it best for ages 11 and up. There is also some cursing in English and in German ;-) Our rising 6th grader loved it the best of any of us, calling it her favorite movie ever. There were some good messages about teamwork, the value of family and spousal commitment, and how joyful and rewarding an experience performing music can be for anyone and everyone. The standouts by far were the young ladies who very convincingly played the daughters of Bill and Ted who didn’t fall far from the tree. Even my rising 9th grader loved their characters. It was refreshing in a way to see girls in a role where they could be carefree and goofy and still be cast in a positive and even heroic light! Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter put a lot into their roles, treating it seriously for some really great results, even though sections of extensive dialogue in the script bogged the story down from time to time. The running gag of them meeting various future versions of themselves was novel and hilarious. For a family of musicians and DJ, it was a real treat to see Jimi, Mozart, Satchmo, and Cudi portrayed as well as a couple of other legends we’ll have to look for info on. The musical references the daughters gave were very nicely done. In particular, the scene in Preservation Hall in New Orleans (where we were lucky enough to sit up front on the floor for a concert a couple summers ago) where the girls referenced Bunk Johnson and Buddy Bolden’s influence on Armstrong touched the heart of the trumpet player writing this review. It was neat hearing Wolfgang play a piece of his I had done in high school (we couldn’t figure out whether he was premiering it in the movie). And even though the trumpet and guitar fingerings throughout the movie were not accurate, they had Satch on an antique model horn and Jimi was playing a right-handed guitar left-handed, which is the way he played. Nice details! And when the princess wives mentioned that the song was in the key of C, I had to check - it was. I never imagined I would behold the titular duo performing on theremin while doing Mongolian throat singing. I felt like I was back at the National Folk Festival! We had watched/ re-watched the original Bill and Ted a few years ago. We started to watch the sequel which I had never seen before but stopped it a short ways in due to some iffy stuff that I can’t quite remember. I think that now that the kids are a little older, we may have to revisit it in order to understand this last movie a bit better - there were some things that were very likely lost on us. I was a little nervous about the portrayals of Jesus, hell, and death, but for a moderate Christian family of believers, they were tongue-in-cheek enough to remain palatable. In a way, I was happy that Jesus was in the movie, even if only an historical figure along with others like Queen Elizabeth, George Washington, and Babe Ruth for comic effect. Cool to see the hologram of George Carlin worked in there as well. I’ll add in one more thing - there is an android who grows a conscience, turning from a svelte and futuristic killing machine into a blithering and insecure groupie. It creeped my family out. I thought it was absolutely hilarious in its quirkiness. It is even a somewhat poignant statement on the unknown consequences of a highly developed AI. Welp, I’ve definitely written too much, but the movie grew on me after it was over from a feeling of “weird but cool” to “I think I want to watch it again sometime”. Glad to finally be able to contribute to Common Sense Media now that I’ve seen a movie that hasn’t been reviewed out to death!

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age 9+


Bill and Ted is a great movie for famlies to watch.Me and my Son watched it its fun I mean it!

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The Bill & Ted franchise comes to an end most impressively with a satisfying finale that longtime fans can share with their kids. Bill & Ted Face the Music is brimming with love and joy: It looks like the actors and filmmakers had so much fun making it, and that fun is contagious. That's because this isn't an example of a studio trying to squeeze one last breath out of beloved characters. Rather, as Bill and Ted devotees know, it's the hard-won result of a tireless two-decade effort from the movie's stars and writers to tell one more story. And that matters, because the first two films don't see the young heroes achieving their glorious destiny. Face the Music sets out to resolve that loose thread, as well as address the real consequences about how it would feel to fail to live up to expectations.

Don't worry, Bill and Ted aren't that realistic -- they're still the two sweet doofuses we adore, now with daughters (Weaving and Lundy-Paine, who hilariously embodies young Ted more than Reeves) and wives (the medieval princesses, recast once again in the form of Jayma Mays and Erinn Hayes). Returning is epic scene-stealer Death (Sadler), who proves that even the Grim Reaper has feelings. Schaal helps bridge the gap as Rufus' millennial daughter, who comically eyerolls and ughs at her mother, the Great Leader (Holland Taylor), who's given up on Bill and Ted and has sent an insecure assassin robot after them. Robot Dennis Caleb McCoy (Anthony Carrigan) is a wonderfully original character and should become a favorite of the younger set. This finale offers endless rewards for fans -- it's a gigglefest, with some jokes making you laugh into the next scene. As always, our boys may be a bit daft, but they're also a wellspring of positivity. And thirty years later, "Be excellent to each other" has never meant more.

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