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  • Summary: Bill Preston and Ted Logan are two totally excellent dudes facing one most heinous history exam. With the help of Rufus an ultra-cool messenger in a time traveling phone booth, the triumphant twosome bag a bevy of historical heavy weights like the "Bodacious Philosopher Socrates, "One VeryBill Preston and Ted Logan are two totally excellent dudes facing one most heinous history exam. With the help of Rufus an ultra-cool messenger in a time traveling phone booth, the triumphant twosome bag a bevy of historical heavy weights like the "Bodacious Philosopher Socrates, "One Very Excellent Barbarian" Genghis Khan, the "Short Dead Dude" Napoleon and Noah's Wife Joan of Arc to stage the most hysterical high school project ever. History's about to be rewritten by two guys who can't even spell. (MGM) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. 50
    If the director, Stephen Herek, has any talent for comedy, it's not visible here.
  2. Has an intangibly charming goofiness about it that is somehow endearing: here is a movie about teenagers that contains no excessive profanity, no drug references, and no explicit sexual activity.
  3. 40
    Reeves, with his beguilingly blank face and loose-limbed, happy-go-lucky physical vocabulary, and Winter, with his golden curls, gleefully good vibes and 'bodacious' vocabulary, propel this adventure as long as they can.
  4. Everything Reeves has done since always has the whiff of "Ted" about it. Party on, dudes.
  5. Meant to be funny, but it only swells the sinus passages. It is a painfully inept comedy.
  6. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    25
    Wow, dudes. Pu-trid. (1989 February 20, p.4D)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. MichaelR.
    Oct 24, 2007
    10
    freaking awesome.The people that give this movie negative reviews are 30-60 year olds that don't like movies us young adults watch.they freaking awesome.The people that give this movie negative reviews are 30-60 year olds that don't like movies us young adults watch.they grew up in a different generation what they find funny is not funny to me. Expand
  2. ZackB
    Jul 14, 2008
    10
    Absolutely a film that just makes you feel good. It really does have something for children and adults and it's been my favorite film Absolutely a film that just makes you feel good. It really does have something for children and adults and it's been my favorite film since the 3rd grade. I still remember the day I finally got the 69 joke. What really makes this film work is the endearing innocence of the title characters. Even in comedies it's rare to find characters who blindly accept others as they are and want nothing more than everyone to just have a good time. Furthermore, in my opinion, it genuinely boasts many clever jokes throughout. It's certainly not the greatest movie ever made, but for just being a good time, it's a 10. Expand
  3. SDK
    Mar 24, 2007
    10
    Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is the Zen of the 20th century.
  4. Aug 11, 2013
    9
    It's just a really good movie. Plot-wise it was nothing special, but rarely is a movie so enjoyable. It's a stupid movie, but I can't helpIt's just a really good movie. Plot-wise it was nothing special, but rarely is a movie so enjoyable. It's a stupid movie, but I can't help to love it. Very funny and an overall good time. Expand
  5. Oct 14, 2013
    8
    Excellent! Nothing can describe it better. A solid 80's classic that really is excellent. It's not the best movie obviously but it's perfectExcellent! Nothing can describe it better. A solid 80's classic that really is excellent. It's not the best movie obviously but it's perfect in what it does, and is not for the critical or humorless. Expand
  6. Apr 23, 2013
    8
    Good movie, love the Doctor Who reference. The cast is not an overload of special people, it's just two best friends who travel in time toGood movie, love the Doctor Who reference. The cast is not an overload of special people, it's just two best friends who travel in time to find famous figures in history for a history report. I mean, what do you expect from an 80s movie like this? Most of these movies from the 80s and 90s are underrated because people judge them fom their standpoint today, not like how it would've been back then. when we listen to old Jazz, do we ever criticize it like it just started this year, no. And we shouldn't judge these movies like that either. I think like I was in the 80s at that point, and that's why I think it's a really good movie. 8/10 Expand
  7. Jun 18, 2016
    4
    Keanu Reeves (Ted) and Alex Winter (Bill) play San Dimas ‘dudes’ so close they seem wired together.

    Preoccupied with plans for ‘a most
    Keanu Reeves (Ted) and Alex Winter (Bill) play San Dimas ‘dudes’ so close they seem wired together.

    Preoccupied with plans for ‘a most triumphant video’ to launch their two-man rock band, The Wyld Stallyns, they’re suddenly, as Bill put it, ‘in danger of flunking most heinously’ out of history.

    George Carlin appears as a cosmic benefactor who offers them a chance to travel back through history and gather up the speakers they need for an awesome presentation.

    Through brief, perilous stops here and there, they end up jamming Napoleon, Billy The Kid, Sigmund Freud, Socrates, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, Abraham Lincoln and Mozart into their time-traveling phone booth.

    Each encounter is so brief and utterly cliched that history has little chance to contribute anything to this pic’s two dimensions.

    Reeves, with his beguilingly blank face and loose-limbed, happy-go-lucky physical vocabulary, and Winter, with his golden curls, gleefully good vibes and ‘bodacious’ vocabulary, propel this adventure as long as they can.
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