The revival that we all needed, done right.
In a world gone somewhat mad with all of us needing to be overly PC you know what is and always will be needed? That’s right, I know you thought it too, more boner jokes… So, I bring you Beavis & Butt-Head Do the Universe. The duo’s first feature-length outing since 1996’s “Do America.” This is aimed squarely at someone like me. Old enough to know who Beavis and Butt-Head are but still young enough at heart to laugh excessively at the stupid jokes, violence and heaped on innuendo.
Do The Universe begins with us catching up with the troublesome twosome in 1998 a year after their show was initially wrapped up doing what they do best, causing mayhem and mischief all in the name of finally scoring. Somehow through a show of a physics-based problem at the school science fair Beavis and Butt-Head are off to space camp where they meet the crew of the next space mission to launch to the International Space Station. Impressing the lead astronaut Serena with their um… precision skills, Beavis & Butt-Head are thrust (hehe thrust) into space all in the hopes that they will be getting to score with Serena. The usual happens and suddenly Beavis and Butt-Head are heading towards a black hole and a date with the year 2022 emerging on a beach in Texas.
Unfazed by their trip through time and space Beavis and Butt-Head continue on their quest to score by any means necessary.
When I found out about the pending release part of me was concerned about how Mike Judge’s particular style of comedy would be able to be interwoven into a world that has moved on some 20 plus years from the original releases. Thankfully the subject matter as a whole isn’t stuck in the glorious 90’s.
One particular moment that is a slight spoiler is when the boys end up in a 2022 college campus trying to make their way through. Here they are introduced to the term and meaning behind apparent “White Privilege.” The mayhem and hilarity that are born of these two morons taking the meaning so literal and being somewhat empowered by the thought is one of the highlights of the film.
In a sign of some possible level of maturing on the part of Judge, or me, we get a look at the softer side of Beavis. He has always seemed to just be dragged along by and often cruel and domineering Butt-Head. There are some parts where we see some glimpses into who Beavis might be if he were to go out on his own. Let’s be honest though, the hilarity just wouldn’t be there without the boys together.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe is ultimately an over-the-top, far-fetched Sci-Fi comedy that has to be seen to be believed. While the plot does begin to crumble under its own absurdity a Beavis and Butt-Head movie if done correctly ultimately should. While the story is new the premise is very much the same as Do America. Miss understand a woman, create chaos trying to score with said woman, be chased by government officials and create more chaos, learn nothing from the experience but who cares!
Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe is full of fart jokes, sexual innuendo and the over-the-top violence that we came to expect from our weekly catch-ups with the two back when MTV did music. Oh, did I mention I hurt from laughing way too many times during my more than one watch-through.
If you remember Beavis and Butt-Head you’re going to love it again this time around. If you’re new leave your seriousness at the door and just take it for what you see in front of you. There isn’t an underlying message that stood out to me, just a bit of fun to be had.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe is available now on Paramount Plus with some new episodes due later this year.
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