Beavis and Butthead Do The Universe

Made-for-Paramount+ movie scores some good laughs.

If Siri doesn’t understand “Beavis” or “Butthead” or “spanking the monkey,” then I don’t know what the VA would understand. I mean I’ve always wonder how hard it was for the people to pronounce “Beavis & Butthead,” but then again, some people mispronounce my last name “Zweig” as “Zwig.”

As I’ve mentioned with “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” “Beavis & Butthead Do America” is how I got into Mike Judge’s hit MTV animated series with him voicing the stupid metalheads Beavis & Butthead, who have been trying to have sex with women, or score as they would like to say, for many years. They don’t know anything about the way to a woman’s heart, and have zero manners. That’s probably how. Or if a character reached a certain point on a show, it would come to its conclusion.

Anyway……or Anywho as my mom likes to say……….

The new made-for-Paramount+ movie “Beavis & Butthead Do The Universe isn’t in the same league as their 1996 hit film, in terms of the story and 2020s TV animation, but it does score enough laughs and Judge’s own personal touch (“He said “Touch,” is what they probably would have said).

I’m going to have to assume it wants to take place in an alternate universe where their 2011 comeback never happened, and we find them back in 1998, the year after the series concluded.

They end up in space camp, where they find themselves on a NASA mission, where they hope to score with the head of the mission-Serena Ryan (voiced by Andrea Savage)-who is so fed up with their mass stupidity, that she sends them floating in Space. It doesn’t kill them, because they end up in a black hole that transports them to 2022.

That means they think Siri is short for Serena, who, obvious to them, is running for Governor and wants to kill them before they can spill the beans about her crimes. It also means they can buy nachos with a cellphone they think is a TV. And finally, it means government agents (with voices by Gary Cole and Chi McBride) thinks they’re aliens.

People still watch “The Simpsons,” which is losing the comedy touch that made them so hilarious in the 90s. So why am I laughing at “Beavis & Butthead Do The Universe?” Because we don’t get much of these guys anymore, other than a cameo on “Family Guy,” and I’m able to see them the way my mom sees the “Real Housewives.” They’re all stupid, but it’s fun to see the stupidity that they engage themselves in, especially if Mike Judge specializes in them.

I like the way it wants to toy with the universe, by having alternate Beavis & Buttheads, who wish the real ones did see “Spider-Man-Into the Spider-Verse,” and as always, I like how they find themselves unbeknownst to political and dangerous affairs. But mostly, I’m here to see these idiots trying to get back in their own territories. “Beavis & Butthead Do The Universe” is not “Beavis & Butthead Do America,” but they are “B&B,” and that’s good enough for me.

On a minor note: I always knew one day Michael Bolton’s “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” would play during a turning point in a movie. I just never thought I’d see it here, and it feels good.

Rating: 3 out of 4.

Streaming on Paramount+

Categories: Animation, comedy

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