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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
DIRECTED BY PETER HEWITT
RELEASED: 1991

Why's it so good? There are Evil Robot Doubles. There's heaven, hell, Death himself (on bass) and the revelation that God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You. It also sees the return of Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted 'Theodore' Logan (or Wyld Stallyns), an inspired riff on The Seventh Seal (see? It's cine-literate, this), a nod to A Matter of Life and Death (again with the intelligence) and the original series of Star Trek.

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How does it stack up to the original? It's probably not quite as fun, but Keanu's hair is infinitely better, which should count for something. The inventive hellish tortures that the boys suffer are entertaining, as is their dude-ish stoner speak, and William Sadler's Death makes up for lack of So-Crates jokes this time around.

Glaring error: It's on Death's part: clearly he spent so long mastering chess that he neglected his Battleship, Clue (aka Cluedo), NFL Super Bowl Electric Football and Twister.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 16 MONTHS


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