Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Slackers meet Satan in not-quite-so-excellent adventure.

Movie PG 1991 93 minutes
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Raunchier than the first one

This movie had more cursing, more sexual content, and more violence than the first movie, so I'm but sure how or why Common Sense Media rated this one for 10 years and the first one for 11. This is one to hold off on until around 12.
age 13+

Still funny

In what universe is this ok for age 10/ 11? Getting a “full-on robot chubby” and trying to physically force women to “put out”? The hell scenes: also iffy for that age group, IMO. That said, my family of 4 including 16- and 13-year-old boys laughed out loud throughout. This sequel made so much less sense than the original. Just go with it. Most of the humor spoke to us. Death played by William Sadler makes the movie. A lighthearted, don’t-think-too-much flick.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

As the sequel to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, this movie doesn't 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 viewers can't appreciate how illuminating 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 his portrayal was one of the first to 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.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate