Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996)

Doesn't suck, but isn't entirely cool, either.  The MTV morons go 
in search of their stolen television set and end up at a flea-bag 
motel, where some sleaze thinks they're a pair of hitmen (!) and 
offers them ten grand to "do" his wife.  Believing that they'll 
finally score-- the only action that these two see is of the, uh, 
self-inflicted variety-- Beavis and Butt-head accept the offer, 
which lands them on cross-country chase involving international 
terrorists, biological weapons, and full-body cavity searches by 
rubber-gloved ATF agents.  (After one of which Butt-head asks "did 
did I just score?")  As expected, there's enough concentrated 
juvenile humor here to keep any audience giggling, and not just 
those fans of the show.  (The bits are, at times, priceless.  While 
touring the Hoover Dam, Beavis asks "Is this a God dam?"  And 
don't miss what they say after spotting a defecating donkey at the 
Grand Canyon.)  

Unlike the television series, no music videos are played, except 
for a psychedelic sequence set to White Zombie (one of many rockin' 
bands on the soundtrack) and inspired by the designs of those old 
Rat Fink cars.  (More amusing is a Vegas montage set to a Red Hot 
Chili Peppers cover of "Love Rollercoaster.")  BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD 
DO AMERICA is only eighty minutes long, but the last twenty are 
tiresome.  By then, the hilarity has largely petered out.  Uh huh 
huh huh huh, I said peter.  Great voice work, though.  In addition 
to director/co-writer/series creator Mike Judge, who voices several 
characters including the Two Cool Guys, listen for Robert Stack, 
Cloris Leachman, someone who sounds like Bruce Willis, and another 
person who sounds an awful lot like Demi Moore.  And, yes, I 
believe that's the voice of Mr. Letterman in one of the more, uh, 
explosive scenes.  (Rated "PG-13"/84 min.)                    
Grade:  B-      

Copyright 1996 by Michael J. Legeros

Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: December 29, 1996

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