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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The only way to heal a shattering world is to unify around one positive, uplifting moment. "Be excellent to each other."
Positive Role Models
Bill and Ted may not be the sharpest guys, but they're sincere and well-meaning. And their daughters are pretty savvy at pulling people together to solve a problem, including putting together a multicultural band that redefines "rock of ages."
Violence & Scariness
A robot uses his laser to "kill" humans, which is depicted in a cartoonish and unrealistic way. A group of toughs comically beats up a robot. A gun is pulled and fired in an attempt to get compliance (no one is struck).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bill and Ted are working on their relationship with their wives, who they fear will leave them.
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A few instances of words including "dammit," "hell," "d--k," and "d--kweed."
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Products & Purchases
A Guitar Center truck is featured. A Circle K sign is seen in the background. Cheetos.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A sad/dissolute adult drinks too much; it's portrayed negatively. Champagne served to imply wealth and celebration.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bill & Ted Face the Music wraps up the trilogy that began in 1989 about two time-traveling buddies (Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter) who learn that they'll one day unite the world through song. Now the pressure is on to make that moment happen. This time around, the emphasis is on musical history, and Bill and Ted's teen daughters (Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine) jump through time to put together a band of musical greats from around the world. The film seems intended for '80s and '90s kids to watch with their own children, and it works in that regard. Just as in the prior films, the iffy content is fairly limited and incredibly unrealistic. Bill pulls a gun on himself, a hilariously meek robot lasers people into hell, and an older character is shown drinking vodka from the bottle because of his failures, but it's all played as over-the-top silliness. There's some profanity, but it's infrequent and mild -- the worst of it is two instances of the men calling themselves a "d--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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