Midnight Movies: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure


I couldn’t remember a lot about this movie (and half of what I thought I remembered was actually from Wayne’s World), but I know loved it when I was a kid and after watching it again I remember why. I wasn’t expecting much out of this 25 years later, but despite being dated by the slang and the rockin’ 80s soundtrack, this movie held up surprisingly well. I will definitely be watching it with my own kids soon. 

There’s a lot to like about this movie. The plot is silly and fun. The dialogue is weird and quirky.The supporting cast of historical figures (Napoleon, Billy the Kidd, Socrates (“So-crates”), some bodacious medieval princesses, Sigmund Freud (“Frood”). Beethoven, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan and Abe Lincoln) is entertaining and actually played with a lighthearted respect for the real people they represent. But the highlight of the movie for me was Bill and Ted themselves. Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan are filled with so much life and joy throughout their most excellent adventure that I finished this movie feeling that way too.

Quadruple air guitar solo

One sentence plot summary:

Two lovable but dimwitted slackers travel through time in a phone booth kidnapping famous historical figures so they can ace their history presentation and start a rock band called Wyld Stallyns whose music will lead the world to become a utopia 700 years in the future.

It is worth watching?

Do you like having fun and being happy when you watch a movie? Then go watch this one.



  • “Excellent!” (Air guitar solo)
  • Napoleon at the Water Lube Water Park
  • Billy the Kid, Socrates, and Sigmund Freud (complete with a suggestive corn dog) trying unsuccessfully to pick up some mall girls
  • Genghis Khan destroying a mannequin with an aluminum bat before escaping mall security on a skateboard
  • The rock concert style history presentation complete with lights and a smoke machine

Favorite lines:

  • “We are destined to flunk most egregiously tomorrow.”
  • “Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.”
  • “Billy, you are dealing with the oddity of time travel with the greatest of ease.”
  • “Be excellent to each other. And… PARTY ON, DUDES!”


Coming up next:

In honor of the late great Harold Ramis, I’ll be watching Ghostbusters II and Stripes on Monday.

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