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Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

This is a cartoon but its not for kids and its not Japanese. If you don’t know in japan the cartoons are not only for kids, there is also demon raping, etc.

Bruce plays Muddy Grimes, a scruffly dude not unlike myself who tries to con two dumb heavy metal kids into smuggling a powerful weapon for him. Bruce does not have as much screen time as you would like but the story of these two little pricks Butthead and Beavis is pretty funny. Kind of reminds me of the old pink panthers how they go around and get chased by the FBI and then save the day and have no clue any of this shit went down.

Beavis and Butt-Head Do AmericaWhat this has is a lot of dick jokes and masturbating but in my opinion there is a bit more going on then that. This film uses the satire when various law enforcement branches strip search and violate innocent bystanders and make fun of them for invoking the constitution. There are sly cultural references and what not with Chelsea Clinton, a psychedelic sequence, a ridiculous Engelbert Humperdinck tune called “Lesbian Seagull,” etc. The cartoonists are very observant about the values of various social classes – ex-hippie teachers, retired Texan couples, Motley Crue roadies and whatnot. Also I like when they stand in front of the automatic flushing toilets with their eyes full of awe and wave their hands around.

okay is that enough

VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.

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7 Responses to “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America”

  1. There was a point last year, when everybody was celebrating this movie’s 20th anniversary, when I remembered this review from the vault of “Well, he was just getting started” and hoped you would review it again. Well, after watching it again, I don’t think that’s necessary. There is really not much to say about it. It’s at times more clever than most critics would admit, but not to the point where one would have to write a long defense of its undiscovered qualities. Especially because it’s one of Mike Judge’s weaker efforts. It’s not the worst thing he ever did, but even if we ignore everything by him, that isn’t BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD related, it’s more of a “pretty good, but he made better things” affair. (Also I’m not sure if you would really care that much for it anyway.)

  2. I always felt the movie was a more watered-down version of the TV show, which always made it curious how a lot of non-fans of the series really took to it. Still, it’s better than most things, and Christmas ’96 had some pretty amazing leftfield multiplex programming (this, Mars Attacks!, Scream).

  3. Well I for one this find this one hilarious. Every single scene with Robert Stack’s character is a hoot. Special shout-out to the entire part where they are hanging out with the nuns as well. Re-watched it a few years back and still thought it held up.

    Been a decade (or more) since I’ve seen any of the TV show though (I was the prime age when it was on so of coarse I really liked it). Watching it with an older and more mature (haha) mind and eye as of today might make see it differently and realize how the movie doesn’t compare though.

  4. That entire hoover dam trip sequence is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. For that alone I will always love this movie.

  5. This movie is hilarious.

  6. CrustaceanLove

    May 7th, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I think this movie has aged quite well, particularly since people these days are a lot more willing to accept the kind of satire Judge was pulling off with B&B. I thought the eighth season they did a couple years back was really good. Keeping Beavis and Butthead exactly the same while updating the world around them worked perfectly, and the commentary over crappy reality shows in addition to the occasional music video worked way better than I expected.

  7. Reading my comment again, I come across way more negative than I wanted to. I like this movie and it really holds up. I was laughing my ass off at times, it’s just that there are episodes of the TV show, that had me in tears in comparison. “Watered down” is a good description. I think Mike Judge once said that MTV didn’t give him completely free hand (for example they forced the LOVE ROLLERCOASTER montage on him), but the result is nothing to be ashamed of. It was a worthy ending (for that time) for the series.

    It’s funny, how even “serious” critics enjoy it (and the whole B&BH series) now. I guess that not-for-kids cartoons became even more crass and tasteless through the decades (I can’t think of one rape joke over the course of the whole series!) helped, along with Judge making more mainstream accessable things.

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