Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
In the first Bill and Ted movie, the two teenagers upon whose shoulders the fate of humanity rests passed a school history report contest to ensure the future of their band, which will be the driving force to the future utopia in which as George Carlin tells us at the beginning “even the dirt is clean…” Now it’s the sequel, and instead of traveling through time collecting various historical figures to pad out their presentation roster they find themselves dancing with the reaper himself. Early in the movie they are murdered by two evil robot versions of themselves who proceed to take over their lives and totally screw everything up. However Bill and Ted escape their fiery fate early on by giving Death a wedgie and heading out on the run. So yeah, you can tell what you’re in for here. This movie is nowhere near as good as the original, but it is still a good deal of fun. Reeves and Winters have the same great chemistry from before, and the actor that plays Death is a hoot as well. “Best two out of three!” Death demands after being bested at such games as Twister, Battleship etc… The most memorable scenes here involve the duo descending into their own personal versions of hell. The original impetus for my going back and watching this was being reminded of this movie while watching “As Above So Below”. That movie about a similar journey left me bored and befuddled. I knew this journey would not do the same, so in the end, I would definitely disagree with the title. This movie is definitely anything but bogus.