Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure ★★★

Sometimes with movies you have to step out of your comfort zone and embrace something just that little bit silly. For every ridiculous stoner comedy from the nineties and beyond they all end up owing a debt of gratitude to this, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and the righteous metalhead slacker incarnations of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter.
Directed by Stephen Herek this has the eponymous duo struggling with a History report that if failed will result in Ted being sent to an Alaskan military academy, thus ending their friendship and their dreams of metal greatness with their band Wyld Stallyns. Parodied many times, this has Reeves and Winter playing the dumbest two teenagers on the planet with only one interest, metal gods like Van Halen. Just when things are looking bleak a time traveling George Carlin arrives from the future in a phone booth. Yep, that's the premise here for the start of time traveling mayhem as our heroes go back in time and acquire historical figures for their History report. They bring back the likes of Napoleon, Abe Lincoln, and Joan Of Arc as well as Socrates and Billy The Kid, and as you might have guessed it, ace the exam. It also brought us the catchphrases, be excellent to one another, and party on dudes, long before Wayne Campbell reared his head in Aurora, Illinois. It's silly, and infantile, but has a charm that only truly gets discovered in the sequel two years later.
Reeves had a bit of trouble shaking off this persona as some people thought it was possibly a little too close to the real Keanu. Of course that was nonsense and Reeves would find fame and fortune and his most iconic role in the Wachowski's Matrix trilogy less than ten years later. Winter however literally disappeared completely after these films, no idea what happened to him. I'm off to play air-guitar, some of us still do.

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