Saturday, January 13, 2007

Movie Review: Beavis and Butthead Do America 3 ½ Stars

For all their boogerpicking, blueflaming and barfing, Mssrs. Beavis and Butthead are two of the most clever comic minds in the annals (heh, heh) of boogerpick bluefame and barfbag history. From their humble beginnings playing frog baseball in Spike and Mike’s Sick & Twisted Animation Fest to their meteoric rise and fall as firestarting anti-heroes on the MTV, Beavis and Butthead have entertained--and educated--us with their unique blend of gallows humor and high-brow postmodernist pop culture references.

In Beavis and Butthead Do America, the two dunce geniuses are robbed of their precious television and the excited, agitated Beavis begins to experience the painful pangs of withdrawal. Butthead comes to the rescue by repeatedly slapping some sense into the junk sick boy. Convincing his partner to embark on a journey to find their beloved television, the pair unwittingly become involved in a murder plot, wrongfully confusing getting paid to “do some guy’s wife” with having sexual intercourse with her, rather than offing her. Their misunderstanding lands them at the center of a conspiracy of federal proportions and the boys find themselves a threat to National Security, hounded by a FBI Agent Flemming (voiced by Robert Stack in a hilarious self-parody!)

Beavis and Butthead are a delight to watch over and over again. Their ribald antics will no doubt keep you in stitches throughout as they consistently find ways to make the word “anus” funnier and funnier. Never ones to disappoint, our favorite bits and characters from the television series also make appearances. (Yes, Cornholio still needs TP for his bunghole.)

Creator/director Mike Judge provides the voices of Beavis and Butthead as well as a handful of other characters, but keep your ears open for Eric Bogosian, Cloris Leachman, David Letterman, Greg Kinnear, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, David Spade and even Slacker director, Richard Linklater.

Heh, heh.

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