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Comedy Movies - Bill And Ted's Bogus Journey

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Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, George Carlin
MGM Home Video
93 minutes

Death kills in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, the follow-up film to Excellent Adventure though you should not expect as most excellent a comedy as the first one. This time, the bodacious duo are battling their evil robot twins sent from the future by a megalomaniac.

Although this is not as fresh as the original, this pretty funny DVD still rocks. William Sadler steals the movie as the Grim Reaper who, after getting a wedgie, finds Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) in hell -which is of your own making according to the film. Challenged to a duel a la The Seventh Seal, the Ingmar Bergman movie, in games such as Battleship, Clue, electronic football, and Twister, Grim Reaper loses and has to do the duo's bidding.

So, they end up mugging three dudes to get past Saint Peter (played by Taj Mahal) and get got to give them the assistance of a Jim Henson muppet like creature to build good robot usses to battle the evil robot usses.

The humor in this comic movie, though it meanders a bit, is in all the sight gags, such as Grim Reaper shopping for a new scythe at a building supply store, and jokes such as, Bill telling Ted the Blue Oyster Cult line Don't fear the reaper and death telling a guy who is smoking "See you real soon." Another funny sight gag is a scene takes place in the same setting as a Star Trek episode the guys were watching.

The ending does feel patched together but involves a few more inside jokes like Bill looking like a member of ZZ Top and the closing credits feature magazine covers of the future about Bill and Ted.

Bogus Journey also features cameos by Primus, Confucius, Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, the writers of this movie, as two people present during Missy's séance.

This is an excellent second at bat for the Bill and Ted series.



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