"Reel Reviews: ‘Face the Music’ caps off Bill & Ted’s story excellently" by: Jessica Shepard

   If you’re wanting to see a time travel movie that’s pretty wholesome and full of comedy, “Bill & Ted Face the Music” is definitely your jam.
   I actually went in to see this without much hope since comedy sequels struggle often at recreating the magic of the original.
   Or, in this case, the third film in a series has even lower expectations.
   However, I was happily surprised and loved almost every last moment of this film from cringe-worthy family problems to watching Bill and Ted grow older in the worst ways.
   Bill & Ted Face the Music is a science fiction comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.
   It is the third film in the Bill & Ted series, and the sequel to “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” (1991).
   Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, and William Sadler reprise their roles as Bill, Ted, and the Grim Reaper, respectively, while Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving, Camila Cabello, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Holland Taylor, Kid Cudi, and Jillian Bell join the cast.
   In 2020, Bill Preston (Winter) and Ted Logan (Reeves) have failed to write a prophesized song to unite the world, and time and space are beginning to collapse.
   Their wives are unhappy and Ted confides in Bill that he does not believe they will ever write the song.
   Kelly (Schaal), the daughter of Bill and Ted’s deceased time-traveling guide Rufus, arrives to take them to the future.
   They meet Kelly’s mother, the Great Leader (Taylor), who tells them that they have until 7:17 p.m. that night to write the prophesized song or reality will collapse.
   Realizing they will not be able to write the song in time, Bill and Ted use Rufus’s time-traveling phone booth to steal the song from their future selves.
   However, their future selves are unsuccessful and their wives have left them; they blame their past selves for their failures.
   With Bill and Ted missing, the Great Leader sends a time-traveling robot named Dennis (Carrigan) to kill them, hoping this will restore balance to the universe.
   Kelly travels back to the present to warn them, but instead meets their daughters, Billie and Thea, who decide to help their fathers create the song.
   Using Kelly’s time machine, Billie (Paine) and Thea (Weaving) recruit musicians Jimi Hendrix, Louis Armstrong, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ling Lun, and Grom, a drummer from before recorded history to form their dads’ new band.
   Bill and Ted travel to 2025, where they have seemingly become successful.
   However, they are tricked by their future counterparts, who try to pass off a song by Dave Grohl as their own.
   Billie, Thea, and their band return to the present to meet up with Kelly and a time-displaced Kid Cudi, but Dennis inadvertently kills them and sends them to Hell.
   But, in true silver screen fashion, things get worse before they get better – and I’m not just talking about the costumes.
   If you’re a fan of Bill & Ted or down for some quirky comedy to combat the horrors of 2020, I’m wholeheartedly endorsing this flick.
   Face the Music is rated PG-13 for some language and is 91 minutes long.

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