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15 February 2010

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

directed by Stephen Herek

Strange things are afoot at the circle K in Stephen Herek’s excellent rendition of a time travel film done right. Yep, I said done right. Ted Theodore Logan and Bill S. Preston, Esquire are a righteous duo otherwise known as Wild Stallions, high school screw ups who have one chance to pass their history class and redeem themselves. Not to mention keeping Ted out of military school, which is where he’ll end up if he doesn’t pass. While stewing outside a party store, the pair get freaked out by a phone booth carrying an uber-fresh George Carlin (indie-cred yet, you pop culture snobs?), who hands them a way to travel through the circuits of time to get their chat on with various historic figures. Bill and Ted cross paths with Joan of Arc, Napoleon, Socrates, Genghis Khan, Sigmund Freud and Abe Lincoln, packing them into their little glass box and taking them to their final exam. Do they pass? Of course, and did a sequel materialize as a result of this fantastic time travel comedy, inexplicably featuring the band Primus? Of course! Keanu Reeves puts on his best surfer strut as Ted Logan, and Alex Winter is amazing as Bill Preston (remember when he made Freaked? How awesome was that movie?).  Haters want to hate, pawning this film off as a mindless pothead comedy, but what they fail to address is the excellent script, the excellent acting and the truly excellent overall watchability of one of the greatest time travel films ever made. When it comes in such a surprising package, it makes it that much more enjoyable. 

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