Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

1989 PG 1h 30m DVD

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

1989 PG 1h 30m DVD
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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!
Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Bernie Casey, Terry Camilleri, Clifford David, Jane Wiedlin, Dan Shor, Tony Steedman, Rod Loomis, Al Leong
Stephen Herek
Widescreen 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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