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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
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Genre: Science Fiction
Directed By: Stephen Herek
Written By: Chris Matheson
Ed Solomon
Starring: Keanu Reeves
Alex Winter
George Carlin
Terry Camilleri
Dan Shor
Tony Steedman
Rod Loomis
Al Leong
Jane Wiedlin
Robert V. Barron
Clifford David
Hal Landon Jr.
Bernie Casey
Amy Stock-Poyn
J. Patrick McNamara
Frazier Bain
John Karlsen
Diane Franklin
Kimberley LaBelle
Clarence Clemons
Martha Davis
Fee Waybill
Distributed By: Orion Pictures
Release Date: February 17, 1989
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Country: United States

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Stephen Herek. The film stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. It is the first film in the Bill & Ted film series, followed by two sequels, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991), and Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020), as well as an animated television series in 1990 entitled Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures.


Two seemingly dumb teenagers, Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan, set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Why It Rocks

  1. The idea about two teens traveling to the past in a time machine made by their future selves is very interesting.
  2. Great acting, from Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and George Carlin.
  3. Decent special effects.
  4. Likable characters, such as the afromentioned Bill and Ted, and their mentor Rufus.
  5. Funny moments such as Beethoven playing rock music on a keyboard while Joan of Arc exercise dances with a group of people and the 69 joke.
  6. Good grasp of the source material, with many historical figures acting like themselves.
  7. Alongside Back to the Future it popularized the time-travelling genre, which has become highly overused in media a lot.
  8. The soundtrack is AWESOME, especially the heavy metal ones.
  9. Funny lines, with the best part being from Abe Lincoln himself: “LET’S PARTY ON, DUDES!”

Bad Qualities

  1. Some of the jokes can be tasteless or unfunny.
  2. The effects may have not aged well, even for 80's standards.
  3. Plot hole: How did Bill managed to quickly remove his armor if the other knights were chasing him for like, five seconds?
  4. It can be inappropriate at times even for a PG rating.


Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure received generally positive reviews and was a success at the box office, grossing $40.5 million against a $6.5 million budget, on Metacritic, which assigns a score of 100, gave the film a 50 indicating “mixed or average” reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has given a “fresh” rating of 81%.


  • The name of the title was mentioned by Rhodey alongside some time-travel oriented films in Avengers: Endgame.


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