Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
The future of the world depends upon the band Wyld Stallions forming after two teenage misfits played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter getting an A+ on their high school history report final. With said future in jeopardy George Carlin of all people hops into an old school 20th century phone booth and travels through the portals of time to set things right. I must have watched this movie over a hundred times growing up and can quote most of it by heart, but it had been a good long while since I had sat down to watch it, so it was very interesting to see which parts have held up and which ones did not. First things first, my fears were immediately alleviated, this is still a “totally excellent” movie. I’m not sure if this is something I should admit to in public, but it might have been this movie that actually jumpstarted my interest in history as a kid. Even now as I pursue a college degree in same, I cannot read the name Socrates without pronouncing it “So Crates” or hear about Joan of Arc and remind myself that she is not, in fact, Noah’s wife. This is for sure a “dumb” comedy, but it is executed very smartly and with a lot of heart. Bill and Ted are a far cry from the teenagers who populate most of the big comedies nowadays. They aren’t cynical or jaded, not that they are role models by any stretch, but there is an admirable innocence and wide eyed wonder about them that made them very relatable to my childhood self. I find I still quite admire that about them today. All these years later, this is still my favorite Keanu Reeves movie, by far.