January 8, 1997

‘Beavis’ Film Surprisingly Funny

Jeff Sackmann Mead
 

Yes, I admit it. I actually waited in line to buy a ticket to “Beavis and Butt-head Do America.”

Amazingly, I’m also willing to admit I liked it.

I’m still not quite sure why I went, for I’m not exactly a fan of the MTV show (I’ve seen it once), and I don’t really see myself laughing at someone named “Butt-head.” And I definitely didn’t expect a ground-breaking cinematic achievement that no movie reviewer should miss.

Somehow, though, “Beavis and Butt-head” was exceptionally entertaining. It even did something that barely any television-to-movie transformations manage to do - make good use of the 90-minute format.

True, “Beavis and Butt-head” is no Oscar nominee, but its plot holds together fairly well and, as far as I could tell, all the intended jokes were funny. Disgusting, but funny.

The plot of this entire film is based around one thing: Someone stole Beavis and Butt-head’s television. The pair, of course, are emotionally destroyed so they go searching for their beloved TV.

Eventually, their search takes them to a hotel room where a man mistakes them for two hit men who he has hired to kill his wife. This becomes a source of great confusion, however, when he tells Beavis and Butt-head that he’ll pay them $10,000 to “do” her.

This creates more than enough chaos to make the ensuing 80 minutes funny. Why exactly it’s funny I may never understand.

Now, I don’t want to mislead any ardent Beavis and Butt-head haters. If you don’t like the TV show, you’ll be just as put off (if not considerably more) by the movie. The jokes are probably more vulgar and just as stupid.

But if you like the TV show, you’ll probably leave the theater cheering. In my humble and uneducated opinion, it’s well worth the six bucks.

Grade: A


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