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Bill & Ted Face the Music | 2020 | PG-13 | – 2.4.2

content-ratingsWhy is “Bill & Ted Face the Music” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of kisses and cleavage revealing outfits, several time travelling scenes and encounters with Death and demons in hell without gore, scenes of peril in an effort to save reality, and arguments and some moderate language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


The intrepid San Dimas rockers (Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter), last seen travelling through time and saving the universe in 1991 are now middle-aged but have to save reality itself this time by crafting the ultimate song. They get help from their daughters (Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine), Death (William Sadler) and several eminent musicians from the past. Also with Kristen Schaal, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Hal Landon Jr. and Beck Bennett. Directed by Dean Parisot. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in German without translation. [Running Time: 1:28]

Bill & Ted Face the Music SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A man and a woman kiss at a wedding reception. A husband and his wife kiss. A husband kisses his wife on the cheek.
 We hear about a woman having married and divorced three men that are in the same family or friends of the same family, and thus creating odd familial relationships. A woman calls her husband “Freaky Deaky,” he calls her “Kissy Missy” and she complains that his father (her previous husband) used to call her that.
 A man opens his shirt and we see his bare chest and abdomen as he scratches his stomach. A young man wears a cut off shirt that reveals his bare abdomen. Two women wear tops that reveal cleavage and one woman wears a skirt with slits that reveal her bare legs to the mid-thighs. A teen girl’s top reveals cleavage and another teen girl’s top reveals partial bare abdomen. Several shirtless men are shown in a prison yard (bare chests, abdomens and backs are seen with some men having tattoos). Several women are shown wearing crop tops and shorts that reveal cleavage and bare legs to the mid-thighs.


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Bill & Ted Face the Music VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – A robot with a weapon attached to its arm chases two men and shoots several people with a blast that disintegrates them and sends them to hell; we see people falling and they are slammed to rock-covered ground with lava in the distance and winged demons flying in the air. A robot shoots itself in the head and two men jump in the blast (sending all to hell). A man holds a gun on another man and shoots at two men as they run away (we see a hole open in a wall). Several men in a prison yard surround and kick a robot as it cowers on the ground. We see demons in hell and they are shown with green-tinged skin and horns on their heads. Death is shown with white flesh and blackened eyes. Several people in a SWAT truck are thrown out of hell and transported back to Earth where they land in traffic and we see some people out of their cars fighting.
 Two men chase two other men through a hotel lobby and yell at each other, and as they are leaving, one man turns round as if he is going to hit another of the men but does not. Two men travel in a phone booth through time and we see them being jostled around and the booth slams to the ground in a few scenes. Several people in a few scenes seem to disappear and reappear in a different time period (they are unharmed but confused). An egg-shaped vessel appears outside a house and two men join a woman as they are transported through what looks like cables that take them through time. Two men wearing buckets on their heads fall from a second story balcony onto the ground below (they seem uninjured). A person uses what looks like bones to drum. Two men try to find Death and when they do, we see him playing tetherball and he is struck in the back of the head before picking up a scythe and walking away from the men; they argue briefly. Saturn moves across the sky and blocks the sun. A robot encloses itself and a woman in a protective shell and they fly off the ground.
 We see two men in a nursing home in a few scenes and in one scene one man asks the other, “Are you dead yet?” A robot tells two men, “I lasered your daughters.” A woman says that the only thing that will save reality as we know it is the death of two men. A man in a prison tells two other men that they should stay there and “rot.” Death talks about two men getting a restraining order against him. Death talks about being demoted. A robot seems to short-circuit and a man talks about it having a nervous breakdown. A woman argues over the phone with her mother. Two men are told that they are responsible for saving reality and that they have very little time to do it. Two men play unusual music including throat singing at a wedding reception and a man unplugs their amplifier. Two men are told that their wives will leave them and they talk about getting their wives back in several scenes. A reference is made to “time falling in on itself.” We read newspaper headlines about a band that breaks up after a period of time. A man accuses two teen girls of sitting around and listening to music all day. A man complains to his adult son of not being an adult and taking responsibility. Two men are disappointed after 25 years when they are unable to write a song. A man says, “They totally hate us.” Two couples sit in a room for couples counselling and they discuss their relationships with a therapist.


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Bill & Ted Face the Music LANGUAGE 2

 – 3 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (manure, unemployed, losers, has-beens, pathetic liars, contentious [anatomical term deleted] weed, pretty boys, dude, confused), exclamations (chuffed, poppycock, oops, fudge, fudging), 2 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, a character portraying Jesus is shown playing a cowbell at the last supper). | profanity glossary |


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Bill & Ted Face the Music SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man drinks from a bottle of vodka and another man tells him to slow down, a man drinks from a flask, people at a wedding reception hold glasses of champagne, and four men drink glasses of champagne. People are seen smoking cigarettes in a hallway at a concert venue.


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Bill & Ted Face the Music DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Success, failure, pressure to succeed, family, friendship, reality, divorce, hell, forgiveness, insecurity, guilt, life choices, death, irony, destiny, role models, couples therapy.

Bill & Ted Face the Music MESSAGE

 – Music unites us all.

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