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If you'd been around in the '80s, your first reaction to seeing the trailer likely would've been "this sounds stupid...wait, George Carlin??"
That was my reaction, anyway.
So...yeah. This movie IS incredibly dumb, but also incredibly fun. It doesn't just balance on the lines between "funny", "smart", and "you've got to be kidding me" — it juggles, breakdances, air-guitars, and barrel-rolls right out of its armor all over them. It's one of those rare screwball comedies that actually works, despite an eyerolling premise that stank of Hollywood cashing in on the Valley Girl fad. It's also one of those rare films where logic, reality, & consistency are drop-kicked out the door, BUT the film is so much fun, you don't care — I mean, I think it follows its own internal rules, but those rules get twisted into such massive pretzels that you end up saying "screw it" and settling back to enjoy the ride.
It's silly. It's tons of fun. You get to see Keanu Reeves before he became a grim action hero — seriously, I've lived long enough where his image has gone from "cute goofball Ted 'Theodore' Logan" to "WTF, Ted-Theodore-Logan playing a hardassed cop in an action film???" to "OMGMATRIX" to "OMFGJOHNWICK!!!!" to "WTF JOHN-NEO-WICK as a brainless Valley Dude in a Bill&Ted sequel?????"
Even better when you realize that Bill S Preston Esq seems to be the brains of the pair. Mostly. What brains the two Valley Dudes have, anyway. It's an awesome (WIGGLY-FINGERED AIR GUITAR SOLO) example of "book dumb, street—er, beach smart, not to mention another weird loop: "wait...they cast Bill S Preston Esquire as a serious evil vampire? Are you joking?" to "WTF are they thinking, casting Marko in Bill & Ted??"
In other words, see this movie. It's one of the '80s cultural touchstones, but it's a ton of fun. Put your brain on hold, don't think too hard about the details, and you'll be laughing your ass off.
I just wish it hadn't taken them so long to get #3 out.
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