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Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Keanu Reeves as Ted Theodore Logan
Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston, Esquire.
Written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon
Directed by Stephen Herek
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Two academically challenged high school students are
sent on an
adventure through time, so that their pivotal role in
of future society takes place.
This could have been nothing but stupid jokes.
Instead, there is
enough subtle humour in this that I’m often noticing
things I hadn’t
noticed before. Don’t believe me? Keep an eye out
culinary arts (ie. the grilled cheese sandwiches),
Billy the Kid
“riding the rails” at the mall, and Sigmund Freud’s
corn dog. There’s
“I fell out of my suit when I hit the ground.” That
moves way beyond
humour about stupid people, and into outright stupid
I’ve got to give the originality 5 out of 6.
sequel, there was just nothing like it.
The effects were weak. Some of this was a
limit of the
technology, but others just look like a lousy budget.
I swear they
were running out of money, so they switched to doing
instead of seeing the actual booth jump through time.
I give it 3 out
The story is surprisingly well written.
It’s clear that the
writers are far more intelligent than their
introduction to Waterloo, for example, is one of the
set-ups in the movie. The initial “Eddie Van Halen /
video” exchange is perfect, showing the idiocy of the
well as the attitude of the writers and characters to
the idea of a
paradox, one of the most common problems in
theoretical time travel.
I give it 5 out of 6.
The acting is barely there. Most of the
historical signifigance were well played, but the
rest of the cast was
unimpressive. I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response is great. This is a
movie, which is all that really counts for a comedy.
If not for the
grating low point, it would be perfect. I give it 5
out of 6.
The production is uninspired and
utilitarian. Some moments
look good, such as the transition from Genghis Khan
to Abe Lincoln in
the mall, while most of the film was just pointing a
little apparent planning or skill. I’ll give it an
extra point for the
though. I give it 4 out of 6.
In spite of its flaws, this is still an entertaining
overall. Let’s face it; if you’ve seen the
know not to expect Earth-shattering filmmaking. It
does what it sets
out to do, so I’m giving it 5 out of 6.
In total, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
receives 31 out