Beavis and Butt-Head Do The Universe (2022, directed by John Rice and Albert Calleros)

Beavis and Butt-Head, those two lovable, illiterate, and thoroughly moronic teenagers from Highland, Texas, are back and they are as dumb as ever!  Beavis and Butt-Head Do The Universe is their second movie adventure.  Currently streaming on Paramount Plus, it’s a smart comedy about dumb people.

In 1998, Bevis and Butt-Head (voice by their creator, Mike Judge) accidentally attend their school’s science fair and end up burning the whole place down.  The toughest judge in Texas sentences them to Space Camp, where they can learn responsibility.  As so often happens with these two, their utter stupidity is mistaken for genius and they end up going into space.  Their job is to help the space shuttle dock with the International Space Station.  Beavis and Butt-Head, however, think that they are being sent into space to “do it” with astronaut Serena Ryan (voiced by Andrea Savage).  Quicker then you can yell “Fire,” the boys manage to destroy the International Space Station and get sucked into a wormhole.

The boys find themselves transported to Galveston.  The year is 2022, not that Beavis and Butt-Head ever figure that out.  Their multiverse counterparts, Smart Beavis and Smart Butt-Head, materialize to warn them that, unless they go through the wormhole again, the universe could be destroyed.  Beavis and Butt-Head are more interested in returning to their house, seeing what’s on TV, and doing it with Serena.  Serena, who is now governor of Texas, would rather kill Beavis and Butt-Head in order to prevent anyone from discovering what actually happened on the space shuttle 14 years ago.

It’s a long journey from Galveston to Highland.  Beavis and Butt-Head get an iPhone to help and Beavis falls in love with Siri.  A trip to a university leads to Beavis and Butt-Head interrupting a sociology class and it also leads to one of the film’s best moments, when a white student with a man bun proceeds to interrupt all of the women in the class so that he can mansplain white privilege.  Beavis and Butt-Head take this to mean that they can steal without getting arrested and it turns out that they’re right, up until the moment they try to steal a police car.  A trip to prison leads to Beavis shouting that he is the great Cornholio while the universe itself grows closer to destruction.

Yes, Beavis and Butt-Head are just as moronic as ever but, fortunately, so is the sharpness of Mike Judge’s satiric wit.  It’s been close to 30 years since Beavis and Butt-Head made their debut on MTV and, through all that time, the main joke has remained the same.  Beavis and Butt-Head are such utter morons that almost everyone who meets them assumes that there must be something else going on beneath the surface.  In the past, it was just Mr. Van Driessen thinking that he could teach the boys how to be responsible by asking them to clean his house and not touch his valuable 8-track collection.  In Beavis and Butt-Head Do The Universe, it’s expanded to NASA trusting the boys with expensive equipment and human lives.  They fit right in at the college and they even manage to rally the prisoners in the county jail.  The government thinks that they must be aliens while Sarena worries that they could destroy her political career, even though neither one of them can even read a billboard.  Not even Smart Beavis and Smart Butt-Head can bring themselves to accept just how stupid their multiverse counterparts actually are!

But stupid, they are.  The world is all the better for it.

2 responses to “Beavis and Butt-Head Do The Universe (2022, directed by John Rice and Albert Calleros)

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