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With: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Joss Ackland, Pam Grier, George Carlin, Amy Stock-Poynton, Jim Martin, Hal Landon Jr., Annette Azcuy, Sarah Trigger, Chelcie Ross, Taj Mahal, Robert Noble, Hal Landon Sr., Eleni Kelakos, Roy Brocksmith, J. Patrick McNamara
Written by: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon
Directed by: Peter Hewitt
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 98
Date: 07/19/1991

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

3 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) -- the sequel to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) -- is recommended as an (ahem) "excellent" example of cheerful, deceptively wise dimwit comedy. After the time-traveling events of the first movie, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are rehearsing with their band, the Wyld Stallyns, when they are killed and replaced with robots. In Hell, they decide to try to get back to earth by challenging Death (William Sadler) to a game. But rather than chess (this is not Ingmar Bergman), the games consist of Battleship, Clue, and Twister.

Written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, and directed by Pete Hewitt, this underrated movie just gets weirder and funnier as it goes, but it's all so amiable, you might not even notice just how surreal things are. George Carlin reprises his role as the time-traveling Rufus, Pam Grier appears as the organizer of the Battle of the Bands contest, and voice master Frank Welker (of "Scooby-Doo!" and "Transformers") provides voices. Members of bands like Primus, Faith No More, and Linkin Park have cameos, and Megadeth recorded a new song for the soundtrack. Its original title was Bill & Ted Go to Hell. Apparently, a third movie is being considered, which would not be bogus.

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