It’s the early 90s, and a crudely animated phenomenon is ruling the airwaves at MTV. It’s when I first fell in love with Beavis and Butthead, two now-iconic characters from creator Mike Judge. In his new movie “Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe,” Judge transports the dimwit best bros from 1998 to present day, and the result is immature comedy gold. There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking nor sophisticated about the film, but it’s on brand with a pitch-perfect stupidity that’s absolutely hilarious.
Set in 1998, the story starts when Beavis and Butt-Head (both voiced by Judge) wind up with a free trip to Space Camp after a juvenile court judge decides it will be good for them. When it comes to the attention of the team leaders that the two morons are actually good at docking a phallic rocket into a round dome (huh huh), they are asked to join an elite space shuttle mission. Of course, the boys ruin everything (even space and time) when they manage to get themselves sucked into a black hole that transports them to the future: 2022.
Confused by contemporary technology like iPhones and voice assistants, neither of them let their new surroundings get in the way of their one goal: to “score” with the lead astronaut, Serena (voice of Andrea Savage).
The story is a clever way for Judge to get his characters in a modern day setting while keeping them the same age. The film stays true to the original characters, and even introduces different versions of them from various parallel universes (the best are the highly intelligent Smart Beavis and Smart Butt-Head, which are instantly quotable). It’s especially fun for longtime fans who will love revisiting these two dummies, but in a different light. (But don’t worry that they’ve evolved too much: even The Great Cornholio makes a welcome appearance).
There’s something just so lovable and endearing about these nitwits, two boys who are too stupid to realize just how dumb they truly are. This leads to countless misadventures, all for our amusement, and “Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe” is a hilarious continuation of their story.
By: Louisa Moore