Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy


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A tyrant from the future creates evil android doubles of Bill and Ted and sends them back to eliminate the originals.


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6 May 1999 | rkwong
8
| Sharper than warranted.
It was only on my second viewing, years later, that I realized two things about this movie: 1) I enjoyed it immensely, and 2) that because its execution is decidedly sharper than the premise itself warrants. I had laughed my way through the movie before it occurred to me to renew my initial protests--valleyspeak and loogies and airheadedness (even *good*-natured airheadedness) just aren't inherently funny, especially when drawn out to feature length. But though the movie's momentum does begin to sputter out towards the end, Reeves and Winter and Sadler (and Hal Landon Jr. in an unforgettable scene) display such a remarkable sense of comic timing throughout that even the more clumsily-scripted jokes (e.g. Ted failing to recognize a certain inhabitant of Hell) work as effortlessly as the witter ones (e.g. the challenge). And the teaming of Winter and Reeves clicks so well that the teaming of Bill and Ted (who spend only one scene separated in the entire movie, disaster if they're not well-matched) appears utterly unstrained.

(Side note: I found the first movie to be only sporadically entertaining--sightly different comic sensibilities there, it seems.)

I give it a 7.75. Surprisingly good fun.

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Trivia

Released just two days after Alex Winter's 26th birthday.


Quotes

Chuck De Nomolos: It is time. They have reached the second crucial turning point in their destiny. Their message is about to reach millions. But, we will change all that. When our mission is successful, no longer will the world be dominated by the legacy of these two...


Goofs

Near the end Bill and Ted are still unable to play well enough to win the battle of the bands so they use the phone booth to use time to learn how to play and even have children during that time. It was established as a major plot point in the first movie that this would not be possible as time in the "present" keeps advancing. So if they went off for presumably over a year to practice then the battle of the bands would have been over for over a year before they got back.


Crazy Credits

We see various bulletin articles and magazine clips during the end credits.


Alternate Versions

When the Princesses ask Evil Bill and Ted who they are, a scene was cut where Evil Bill says, Actually I'm Evil Ted" and Evil Ted says, "and I'm Evil Bill." They then unzip their clothes and skins to reveal what they said. This helps explain how Rufus was Miss Wardroe. In the released film, when the evil robots go to answer the phone at Missy's, the skin and clothes can be seen on the floor in the background The original ending was changed, possibly to make it more final.


Soundtracks

The Perfect Crime
Written by
Mike Patton, Roddy Bottum, Billy Gould, Mike Bordin and Jim Martin
Performed by Faith No More
Produced by Matt Wallace and Faith No More
Published by Vomit God Music / Big Thrilling Music
Courtesy of Slash Records

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Genres

Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Music | Sci-Fi

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,241,268 21 July 1991

Gross USA:

$38,037,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,039,850

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