Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Whoa, dudes! San Dimas, Calif., high school underachievers Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) face flunking out if they don't ace a year-end history presentation. Using a time machine, they transport themselves back a few millennia. In the past, they enlist the help of Genghis Khan, Abraham Lincoln, Billy the Kid and Socrates (among others). They even manage to bag a couple of medieval babes. Talk about a funky show-and-tell!
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- Stephen Herek
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Bill and Ted are slackers, have no respect for authority, and actively disobey their parents. But the tone is still very lighthearted and the characters seem to have the best intentions during their adventures through time. There is some comic violence and, appropriately, the Dark Ages is where the duo encounters the most life-threatening -- but still comic -- situations. Girls are treated as sex objects to the point that Rufus gives the boys two girls they met in Medieval England as a reward for passing their history test.
- Sexual Content
- Lots of lighthearted sexual innuendo. Bill and Ted refer to all women as "babes" and take turns staring at Bill's mom's cleavage. Missy and Bill's dad make out in Bill's bedroom. Bill's dad is married to a much-younger trophy wife. Genghis Khan stops eating and starts making out with a servant girl. Sigmund Freud points his corndog suggestively.
- Lots of comic violence and no one gets hurt. Ted falls down the stairs of a medieval castle and Bill thinks Ted has been stabbed and killed. Bill is almost stabbed as well, but Ted knocks the assailant out. Bill and Ted are almost decapitated. Billy the Kidd causes a barroom brawl and later shoots a light out in modern-day San Dimas. Genghis Khan destroys a sporting goods store with a bat.
- Sparse salty language, including "dick," "dickweed," and "fag."
- Social Behavior
- Bill and Ted are high school losers who don't pay attention in class and literally require divine intervention to save their grades. Ted's dad treats him badly and yells at him. They steal Ted's dad's keys and let people out of jail and generally disobey their parents. But overall, the message is to be good to one another.
- Circle K, and the duo introduces historical figures to the delights of "mall culture."
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- One fight in an old Western bar.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it