(out of 5)
Two complete blockheads (Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter) are in danger of failing a high school history class until a magical telephone booth transports them to different eras in time. They meet Napoleon and Socrates (which they pronounce SO-krayts), survive the iron maiden and get back in time to make a presentation in front of the whole school. It’s totally bogus, dude, but it’s a lot of fun and a great entertainment for the pre-teen set. It was followed by an even more imaginative sequel and propelled Reeves towards the stardom that he would fulfill with Speed and The Matrix. Go-Gos pop star Jane Wiedlin appears as Joan of Arc.
Directed by Stephen Herek
Cinematography by Tim Suhrstedt
Music by David Newman
Production Design by Roy Forge Smith
Costume Design by Jill M. Ohanneson