Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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Bill Preston and Ted Logan are two totally excellent dudes facing one most heinous history exam. With the help of Rufus an ultra-cool messenger in a time traveling phone booth, the triumphant two-some bag a bevy of historical heavy weights like the "Bodacious Philosopher Socrates, "One Very Excellent Barbarian" Genghis Khan, the "Short Dead Dude" Napoleon and Noah's Wife Joan of Arc to stage the most hysterical high school project ever. History's about to be rewritten by two guys who can't even spell.


  • Keanu Reeves
  • Alex Winter
  • George Carlin
  • Terry Camilleri
  • Dan Shor
  • Tony Steedman
  • Rod Loomis
  • Al Leong
  • Jane Wiedlin
  • Robert V. Barron

Did You Know?


  • The scene when Napoleon slides down the water slides at "Waterloo" was filmed at the Golfland/Sunsplash water park in Mesa, AZ.
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  • In the beginning when Bill and Ted are leaving class, the writing on the blackboard clearly says "Ghenghis Khan". A few seconds later it says "Genghis Khan".
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    • Bill: It is indeed a pleasure to introduce to you a gentleman we picked up in medieval Mongolia in the year 1269.
    • Ted: Please welcome, the very excellent barbarian...
    • BillTed: ...MR. GENGHIS KHAN!
    • [All the students applaud wildly for Khan]
    • Ted: This is a dude who, 700 years ago, totally ravaged China, and who, we were told, 2 hours ago, totally ravaged Oshman's Sporting Goods.
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The thorough goofiness the film luxuriates in, as compared to the covert self-seriousness of nearly every teen comedy ever made, sets Bill Ted’s Excellent Adventure apart and heads and tails above the glut of its ilk. Most triumphant, indeed.

Metacritic review by Chris Cabin
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

It helps if you think of Bill Ted's Excellent Adventure as sort of a Sesame Street for teens. Beneath the self-aggrandizing plot, the rock music, the dudespeak and the humor lurks a smattering of knowledge. The premise is spectacularly silly, but harmless. Bill and Ted are a couple of woolly-brained teens who spend so much time dreaming about the rock band they're going to start that they are about to disqualify themselves from a public education. [20 Feb 1989, p.7]

Metacritic review by Johanna Steinmetz
Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

As played by the sublimely dazed Keanu Reeves (Ted) and Alex Winter (Bill), the boys are appealing at first, but their witlessness wears thin quickly. So, too, the movie. Ignorance may indeed be a happy state, but you wouldn't want to live there, and even this short visit seems much, much too long. The film acknowledges its empty-headedness early, when the boys meet Sock-rates. [20 Feb 1989, p.C-6]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald