Genre Guesstimation – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by me.  In honor of the month when Marty McFly came to visit us here in 2015, I have decided that we will be reviewing our favorite movies featuring time travel.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of October by sending them to timetravel@movierob.net  Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movies featuring Time Travel…

Bill-and-Teds-excellent-adventure“Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K. ” – Ted

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (cable in the late 80’s and 7 Oct 2015)

Brief Synopsis – In order to save the two most famous people in history, a man is sent back 600 years in time to help them pass a history exam.

My Take on it – Anyone who grew up during the 80’s, probably has seen this movie because of its cult status.

The acting is borderline here and the dialogue is VERY late 80’s but how can one not enjoy such a classic movie like this featuring Bill and Ted.

Yes, they used many innovative and ingenious  ideas to get things done (like promising to do something in the future in order to effect the now) which make little sense at all, but still entertain.

The plot is super thin, but it’s great to see how two high school screw-ups interact with famous historical figures and to see how these figures would perceive the 1980’s.

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are both great in these roles which have become iconic over the years and casting George Carlin as Rufus was a great idea, because he always does a wonderful job.

Yes, this movie truly is far from being perfect, but it’s still worth watching just for the sheer enjoyment of it all.

Bottom Line – Cult classic that lacks a real plot, but is fun to watch how the characters interact with famous figures from history.  Reeves and Winter are iconic in these roles and Carlin is great as always.  Far from perfect, but worth checking out at least once. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the original script, the time machine was a 1969 Chevy Van, but the filmmakers thought that it would be a rip-off of Back to the Future (1985). So, they changed it to a phone booth (apparently unconcerned that Doctor Who (1963) uses a police telephone box as its time machine). Also, when they used the van, Bill and Ted picked up more historical figures than they did in the final film. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – As entertaining and fun as this movie is, it just isn’t great enough to be considered among my all-time favorites of the genre despite being close.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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10 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

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  2. Party ON DUUUDES. I just love it that Jane Wielden(I think that’s how it’s spelled) from The GO GO’S is Joan of Ark. Yeah the movie is a lot of fun, but very cheesy.

    Best Line. “:Now your dad is going for it, in your own room”

    “Shut Up Ted”

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  3. Most triumphant! Love your totally non-heinous review. This is one of my all time favs too. Infinitely quotable too. “How do wr find Socrates?” “Look him up in the phonebook. It’s under So-Crates.”

    Interesting bit of trivia at the end. I like how you call out the DrWho reference. Thanks for the blast to the past. Today’s youth need to see this too! Party on!

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