BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

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BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE. Stephen Herek, dir. USA: Orion, 1989.

Festive comedy. The time-travel of two "valley boys" from southern California, who get unusual help completing a history class project. The time-machine in BTEA is an American-style phone booth rather smaller inside than outside, which allows phone-booth stuffing of famous historical personages as the machine hurtles down the network of time (cf. and contrast Dr. Who's TARDIS). The mechanism the film attacks is the comic rigidity of Bill's father; see under Background, entry for H. Bergson. Rev. Thomas Doherty, Cinefantastique 20.1 & 2 (Nov. 1989): 106 f.