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Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey

Suffering the fate of many a sequel, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) is a poor excuse of a film that offers none of the charm of the original movie, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves reprise their roles as the rock-loving, time-traveling, air-headed duo whose destiny is to bring peace and harmony to the world through their music. This time around, an evil military dude from the future sends a pair of evil Bill and Ted robots to kill the good Bill and Ted. This most heinous act lands the boys in hell, where they must beat the Grim Reaper at a series of games (including Battleship, Clue, and Twister) in order to return to Earth and set things right. The extravagant but over-done sets and costumes can't make up for the two-minute plot with its numerous drawn-out scenes that leave the actors with little to do. The fun of the original was the goofy rapport between Winter and Reeves; and although glimpses of that affinity occasionally come through, it's not enough to sustain the film. MGM's DVD is presented in both anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) and full-frame versions, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras include a short featurette that is mostly clips, as well as the original theatrical trailer. Keep-case.
—Kerry Fall

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