Volume 90, Issue 87

Tuesday, March 11, 1997



Buttheads on the highway of life

Beavis And Butt-head Do America
Starring Mike Judge
Directed by Mike Judge
At the New Yorker, Tues. 7 p.m., Wed. 9 p.m.

Probably the most surprising thing about Beavis and Butt-head's foray into the film world is timing. Standard thought would follow that this movie should have been made three years ago – a time when these twins of cartoon idiocy were at their peak of popularity. A time when college bars south of the border would shut down their music and pump out the rhetoric of Beavis and Butt-head.

But if the records this movie set when it opened in December say anything about the mainstream audience Mike Judge's shabbily-drawn cartoon still commands, it is that Beavis and Butt-head are as big as ever. Incidentally, they also offer evidence to the claim that America is not getting any smarter. And smart would definitely be the wrong word to describe the plot of this film.

Beavis and Butt-head have their beloved television stolen and the dynamic duo begin a cross-country tour to find the boob tube. Along the way, Beavis and Butt-head get entangled in a murder plot and an international spy ring, both of which they are oblivious to. Big surprise, huh?

There are two main problems with this film and both have to do with familiarity. We love Beavis and Butt-head because of their predictable nature. We know that whenever these two pop onto the screen, they will be moving from stupid thought to stupid speech to stupid deed. But we also know that Beavis and Butt-head will be sitting on the couch, doing a lot of nothing besides picking at their bodily holes.

But in Beavis And Butt-head Do America, the two heroes are doing too much travelling and are removed from their standard couch setting. What is more, the movie is without the video clips which break up the stagnancy of the television show. The video bits are often the funniest part of MTV's hit program and without them you begin to realize how slow Beavis and Butt-head could be.

Nevertheless, Beavis And Butt-head Do America offers its share of laughs, namely Beavis' Oscar clip on why he and Butt-head never score and a scene on a bus where Butt-head tries his luck with a bunch of nuns. The film also features voice-overs from Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and Robert Stack.

Beavis and Butt-head are not at their slapstick best in their first feature film but they are still somewhat humourous. The film may not be uh, huh, huh, like totally cool, but it doesn't like y'know uh, suck either.

–Paul Fruitman

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