Steve Simels
January 10, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
93 minutes
performer
Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Pam Grier, William Sadler
director
Peter Hewitt
distributor
MGM
genre
Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the sequel to 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is consistently funny on a sort of addled-Three Stooges level. The plot is flimsy (evil-robot doubles of Val-speaking Bill and Ted go back in time to change history), but the big comic riffs are often inspired — a trip to hell that prompts Bill to note, ”We’ve been totally lied to by our album covers,” for example. And Winter and Reeves are, well, frighteningly believable as the out-of-it postadolescent heroes. Besides, any teen comedy that parodies Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (the heroes play Twister, rather than chess, with Death) is worth a rental. B

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