Friday, March 14, 2014

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

Director: Stephen Herek

Writers: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon

Composer: David Newman

Starring: George Carlin, Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Bernie Casey, Clarence Clemons, Martha Davis, Fee Waybill, Terry Camilleri, Dan Shor, Tony Steedman, Al Leong, Jane Wiedlin, Robert V. Barron, Rod Loomis, Hal Landon Jr.

More info: IMDb

Tagline: History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can't spell...

Plot: Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Probably not.

Here's yet another one I haven't seen in more than twenty years and it holds up a little better than I expected. Despite the bonehead leads of Reeves and Winter, they're really likable and charmingly funny.  Even when they do the silly and retarded air guitar riff I bust out laughing every time.  All I really need to say is the picture needs more Rufus (Carlin).  The first half of the film is stronger and better paced than the other side.  I really don't care much for the final twenty minutes during the school presentation. It bores me.  But there are enough gags before it that work that about make up for it.  I can't remember a single thing from the sequel and I'm not even sure I ever watched it.  I'll give it a spin before getting rid of the disc.  I was barely twenty when the first one came out.  I'm almost certain it would play better for me now if I had been 14.  Ah, such is the life of a juvenile comedy.

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