Review by Adam Donato
In a day and age where every single intellectual property needs to be pillaged for profit, it was only a matter of time before Beavis and Butt-Head got an update. Paramount+, for anybody who is unaware, is a streaming service which includes franchises from Paramount Pictures, most notably Nickelodeon, CBS, and MTV. The last being the home of the Beavis and Butt-Head series and big screen movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. This reboot jumps on the multiverse bandwagon in such a way that allows Beavis and Butt-Head to venture into modern-day Texas. A science fair gone awry leads to everyone’s favorite idiots going to space camp and being recruited to embark on an expedition. Does Beavis and Butt-Head’s humor translate after almost thirty years?
It’s easy to look at this entry into the franchise as a desperate attempt at content for what is one of the bottom dwellers in the streaming game. That being said, the audience that enjoys the first movie will certainly enjoy the new one. It’s more of the same, Beavis and Butt-Head ignorantly shit their way through the world in an attempt to “score”. They unwittingly find themselves in the middle of a serious situation because of their incessant need to be with a woman, who says if they help her then they can “do her”. Their ensuing journey leads to them being pursued by law enforcement. It’s the exact same movie as the first, but where it stands above modern reboots is that it’s not constantly referencing the original movie. This is such a breath of fresh air since most franchises will rely on the crutch of references and callbacks. Also, since we are dealing with the whole universe, this movie is far more epic and high stakes than the first.
If you are the type of person who thinks it’s funny when somebody says anything that sounds remotely sexual, then this is the funniest movie of the year. The humor is beyond juvenile and repetitive. Obviously, there’s an audience for these two morons as the show and movie were both very successful. It’s in no way high art, but it’s perfect for what it’s going for. In what some may refer to as a more sensitive time with “PC culture”, they don’t go over the line here. Honestly, one of the funnier sequences in the movie is when Beavis and Butt-Head go to a Gender Studies class. Since Beavis and Butt-Head are in modern times, there’s plenty of smartphone humor. They definitely make the most of the updated time period in this entry.
Ironically coming out just a month after another animated television show movie adaptation in Bob’s Burgers, Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe are sure to fly under the radar due to the streaming exclusive release. Hardcore fans will be delighted at the sight of this new movie. After a couple decades, they haven’t aged a bit and have only taken advantage of modern times. Non-fans can avoid this movie like the plague, unless they’re thirteen year olds discovering the franchise for the first time.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe streams on Paramount+ beginning June 23.