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Beavis and Butt-Head Do America Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 63

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Those who have learned to enjoy the duo on MTV (for whatever reason) will welcome this as a holiday treat. Everyone else will have a better time if they stay away.

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Scene for scene, the duo are in good form. Yet this is one case where more turns out to be less.

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Successfully brings to the big screen those no-brainer nerds who have brought laughter to living rooms around the world for nearly four years.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Those who deplore Beavis and Butt-Head are confusing the messengers with the message.

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  • 80

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    The New Yorker

    Their monumentally stupid and childish observations burst like water balloons over the heads of everyone they encounter; the movie plays like a dumbed-down "Animal House," and its idiocy is irresistible.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

MTV spin-off for "mature" lovers of really stupid humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon-feature spinoff of the Beavis and Butt-head MTV cartoon finds its humor in bad role models -- two loutish, ugly, TV-addicted, heavy-metal boys fixated on sex (which they never get to have, though there are plenty of masturbation references), and shallow thrills. Expect innuendo, about "scoring," and "sluts" and gag imagery of big-breasted women (onscreen sex only happens between consenting birds). References to homosexuality include the song "Lesbian Seagull." Beavis gets high with both prescription pills and desert peyote cactus. Both kids drink alcohol. Language is at PG-13 level, mainly with double-entendres and variations on words ending in "-hole." There's cartoon violence, mainly in silly fantasy scenes (an opening with B&B as Starsky and Hutch-level cop heroes). FBI and authority figures come across as clueless or ineffective. Young people watching may be encouraged to view more Beavis-Butthead antics in the original short-subject form, which sometimes had animal cruelty and pyromania (less prominent here).

  • Families can talk about the appeal of Beavis and Butt-head. What makes these louts funny? Where is the line between funny and offensive?
  • What other characters in TV and movies are meant to be laughed at for their stupidity? Which characters are the funniest? Which ones miss the mark?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Being obliviously stupid, as Beavis and Butt-head are, doesn't exactly uplift them, but it seems to see the boys safely through life-or-death peril (dying in desert heat, Butt-head gets a chuckle out of watching two vultures mating).

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    Role models: Beavis and Butt-head are basically the worst MTV-age adolescent boys imaginable (the basis of the humor), and if they do anything "right" it's by mistake (filmmaker Mike Judge doesn't particularly reward the two for their anti-social antics, except that they find their lost TV). Characters apart from them tend to be one-note clods (the law-and-order FBI honcho obsessed with body-cavity searches) or ineffective, like a wimp-liberal teacher. An innocent old man (and war veteran), who seems to represent some notion of traditional American decency, gets repeatedly inconvenienced and persecuted.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The introductory dream sequence is a parody of giant-monster movies, with colossal-sized Butt-head and a fire-breathing Beavis stomping through a city and withstanding army artillery. A massive car pileup on the freeway is caused when B&B fall out of a trunk. An extra dies from a germ-warfare weapon. Guns are pulled on the heroes. Fantasy-drug hallucination with characters as rotting rock-and-roll skeletons.

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    Sex: Plenty of sex talk and innuendo, about "scoring," and "sluts" and masturbation. The only sexual activity actually shown is between a pair of buzzards, but women in skimpy clothing with big "hooters" appear from time to time. Butt-head chuckles over purient connotation of words like "hole," "wood," "unit" and "cockpit." The folk song "Lesbian Seagull" is performed, and Beavis and Butt-head misunderstand the hit-man jargon of being paid to "do" people, male or female.

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    Language: "Damn," "hell," the s-word, "Jumping Jesus!," "God-damned," "bastard," "slut," "schlong," and, of course, "butt-hole."

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    Consumerism: At the height of Beavis and Butt-head fever there were themed-video compilations ("Work Sucks," "Christmas Sucks"), and Beavis and Butt-head books, buttons, masks, a video game etc. Heavy-metal music gets promoted in the movie, with AC/DC and Metallica T-shirts as basic uniforms for the duo and Motley Crue reverantly mentioned.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Beavis ingests an old woman's Xanax prescription and freaks out; he also experiences a "trip" by eating desert peyote cactus. Underage and grownup alcohol drinking (including while driving).