When Beavis & ButtHead originally appeared on MTV for the first time, I was convinced the apocalypse
was close at hand. I found the humor almost
as crude as the artwork. A friend of mine -- who I thought was insane at the
time -- told me how much he enjoyed the humor and tried to convince me that,
underneath all the scatalogical humor and bad art, the show was actually quite
funny. I reluctantly took a second look at the show and found him to be absolutely
& ButtHead Do America (1996)
Starring: The voices of Mike Judge, Demi
Moore, and Bruce Willis
In this, their first big-screen adventure, Beavis and ButtHead find that their
television set has been stolen and they set off to find it. Stumbling into
a situation where they are hired as hitmen, they are given the opportunity
to travel across the country to cause havoc everywhere they go. The plot, of
course, is simply to give Beavis and ButtHead a chance to make sick jokes,
give their twisted opinions of reality and try to figure out life outside the
TV room. For fans of the TV show, this movie is more of the same stuff on a
grander scale. (And, with a PG13 rating, the characters are allowed to be a
bit more extreme.)
I realize that Beavis and ButtHead may not appeal to everyone. Although a
lot of people say they hate the little guys, I believe that most of them have
never really looked beyond the incessant giggling and the sexually-oriented
jokes to see that, believe it or not, Beavis and ButtHead are actually fairly
intelligent social commentators. Well, actually, Mike Judge is the social commentator
and Beavis and ButtHead are the medium of expressing his opinions.
Mike Judge uses Beavis and ButtHead to reveal the underbelly of middle America
and its sometimes hilarious and sometimes downright frighteningly cruel sides.
Judge uses Beavis and ButtHead to focus on the problems of a youth culture
that puts priorities on sex, drugs and rock and roll rather than being perceived
as smart or as an over-achiever. If the information revolution that brings
images and sounds into our homes on demand has a dark side, it is Beavis and
ButtHead and their ilk who feel that, if their TV is gone, life sucks.
Now, to make Beavis & ButtHead
Do America sound like a social commentary of tremendous importance is ridiculous.
That commentary is simply a subtle
part of the humor that's contained within the movie and its version of reality.
I can't say the movie will convert someone who doesn't get or like the TV series'
brand of humor, but I will say that if you do like the series, you'll love
the movie. I do and I did.
Judge has ceased production of the Beavis & ButtHead series to concentrate
on his new TV series, King of the Hill. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)