Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) photo by Caitlin Black

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure‘ is a film that almost anyone can enjoy at almost any age. The film follows the two (not so bright) teens who are on the verge failing a their high school if they do not pass their history report. Luckily they come across a time machine and a man named Rufus. The travel to different times of history and bring the historical figures home with them in order to help them with the report, but not everything goes to plan.

Something which makes this film so iconic are the two main characters. Bill S. Preston (played by Alex Winter)  and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan (played by Keanu Reeves) are the guitarists of the band ‘Wyld Stallyns‘. They are not very intelligent but are very dedicated to becoming a famous rock band and are the best of friends. They are both extremely funny but usually this is due to their dimwitted nature as opposed to them making jokes.

I did not know what to expect when I first heard of the plot of this film, as to me it sounded like a very stereotypical cheesy children’s film of the ’80s. However I believe it played on these stereotypes very well, whilst it is cheesy and very child friendly, it is safe to say there are jokes in there for everyone, and I was laughing throughout the entire film.

Bill and Ted or both such iconic and quotable characters who are guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. Of course this film was not a big box office hit and is not critically acclaimed. However, it is widely recognised as a cult classic due to it’s massive deserved fan base. (And do not forget about the sequel: ‘Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey‘)