Thursday, April 7, 2016

Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996) ***

Mike Judge's 90s creation Beavis and Butt-head took the slacker ethos to full extreme as two brainless teenagers. The show proved an unlikely hit on MTV and will be forever linked with "End of the Century" pop culture.  They are two couch potatoes who watch endless music videos, make failed attempts to pick up chicks, and pretty much drive everyone crazy. But they were hilarious, remnants of a broken mass media culture and the teenage wasteland it left. The 1996 film now looks like a splendid time capsule of Clinton era America (Clinton himself makes a cameo appearance).  A wonderful blend of benevolent paranoia and easy going satire carry the film, a sort of parody of the road picture.  As Beavis and Butt-head make their way across America to locate their stolen television they end up getting involved with CIA intrigue among other things. Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Robert Stack, Cloris Leachman, Eric Bogosian, and David Letterman contributed their voices.

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