Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) Review

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This movie makes you feel like you’re tripping on acid even when you know you’re definitely not high. I can remember seeing this on the big screen in 1991 (not on acid, mind you) and being taken back by how little it resembled the sweet-natured original; I love it when filmmakers really change things up if a sequel is mandated by the studios and then they give audiences something that they could never expect. Creators Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Now You See Me, the fabulously underrated Gary Shandling comedy What Planet Are You From?) and Chris Matheson (Mom and Dad Save the World) returned for scripting duties, while Peter Hewitt made his directing debut with this picture, and would later go on to helm Wild Palms, The Borrowers, and Garfield: The Movie. The film carried a working title of Bill & Ted Go To Hell but was later changed. Bogus Journey was shot by action specialist Oliver Wood (Face/Off, The Bourne Ultimatum), and while not as big as Excellent Adventure, still did solid business at the box office. William Sadler is absolutely fantastic as Death, and it’s clear that Reeves and Winter had a blast playing these two dudes. An Orion Pictures release.

Review by Nick Clement

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