If you think that road movies cannot be done with cartoon characters, then meet Beavis and Butt-Head and let them prove you wrong. This is one of those grand comedies of the nineties, full of great concepts, jokes and more importantly creativity. In case you’re not familiar with the works of Beavis and Butt-Head, just let your first impressions fill the rest of your thinking: they are two stupid teenagers obsessed with television, music and chicks. So basically every male you have ever met. In the nineties. However, once you accept that, you must ask yourself: how did they become this? And the answer is very simple: our society has produced them same as it produced millions and millions of them, now working on the most important positions in America. Mike Judge thinks we can both have fun and learn something, at the same time, so you can enjoy this movie whether you’re looking for that crude and toilet humor or you want to learn something about America, albeit from these two unsavory characters.

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America [1996] Movie Review Recommendation PosterThey don’t ask for much. They don’t want your money, your women or your power. They just want to sit on their couch and watch TV. Meet Beavis and Butt-Head, two teenage morons obsessed with television, music and naked female bodies. One day, their television set gets stolen and they set out on a mission to retrieve it. This mission will lead them across America and into some pretty funny and dangerous situations.

This gruesome twosome is extremely subversive and this is part of their appeal. They break all the rules, refusing to participate in the official system of values or to respect its authority. There’s a simple explanation for this: Beavis and Butt-Head are extreme versions of us. They are actually acting extremely intelligent in some weird, deconstructive way. If you would imagine two British brats who happen to be royalty, the same thing would be happening, the deconstruction of the crooked system that’s now in place and that actually made them who they are. This helps with the illusion that I’m not watching this movie just for the toilet humor. Finally, something must be said about Mike’s style of animation that managed to differentiate the series and this movie from other animated movies and series. Somehow, it accentuated everything this movie is about with its simplistic and yet clearly deliberate and artistic approach.

Directors: Mike Judge, Yvette Kaplan

Cast: Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, David Letterman

Fun Facts: Beavis’s hallucination scene in the desert was inspired by artwork drawn by Rob Zombie. The music of the scene is White Zombie’s “Rat Finks, Suicide Tanks and Cannible Girls”.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115641/

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