Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America ★★★★

"Have you guys heard a word I've said?"
"Uh, yeah. Anus."

I accept full accountability for not being big on PlayTime and then immediately turning around and pulling this. I am what I am. I don't really have much in the way of nostalgia for Beavis and Butt-Head, just a bit before my time where I could have as a kid taken to it as a taste of forbidden fruit in adult animation. (Family Guy was my show for that.) That said, as a tween and teenager, I saw scattered episodes of it, and like anyone who was remotely exposed to the show, I would at times when left to my lonesome pull a shirt hole up to my head and do my best Cornholio impression. Now that I've laid (Hehe, "laid.") out my history with the show, I can say that I found this movie utterly delightful. Might be in part because I was watching clips from both of them earlier, but in terms of a comedy that's mainly incredibly juvenile and having its full heart set on just silly behavior and subject matter, this is the most I've laughed since watching films like Black Dynamite and 7 Days in Hell for the first time. Sometimes, there's nothing better than just letting yourself get overtaken by the dumbest humor possible. If you're a "kid at heart" in any way, that's not just about Disney stuff, that goes towards thinking the occasional boob and boner joke is funny too. Plus, even more than that, I think Mike Judge wholly understands that a lot of humor in animation especially comes from goofy designs and silly voices. In that regard, Beavis and Butt-Head as characters are comedic gold. (God, I specifically found Beavis so funny in this movie, he's just a sugar-high horny goblin, and I adore him.) I wasn't expecting to think this would make for a stellar double with The Spongebob SquarePants Movie, another animated television adaptation and just one of my favorite movies period if I'm being honest with myself. On the surface level, both that and this are excellent examples of how to bring what makes short-form television comedy funny into feature-length and theater quality entertainment. Trying to think about them in any way towards a "deeper" scale, as is frequently one of my favorite things to latch onto with films remotely about it, I love this film as a testament to friendship. Just loved the moment that works as both a joke and something genuinely sweet where Butt-Head has his life flashing before his eyes in the desert, and it's just him and Beavis growing up on their couch together, then he says "Whoa, my life was cool." Nothing better than time with the boys, making sex and genitalia jokes and seeing the world around you. I've again seen a little bit of the original show, but now my interest in checking out more of it is strong, and I think you can figure out what film I'm watching after this. A joy and a half, a must-see even.


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