Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)

Before “South Park” and before “Jackass” Beavis and Butt Head treaded ground, first. They had commentary about aimlessness of our American educational system, they had gimmicks that made them iconic cartoon characters, and surely enough they indulged in pranks that were often so grotesque they should have been their own show. But most importantly they were funny and if you were around during the nineties, you can fondly remember seeing Beavis and Butthead everywhere. They were the source of all evil in the world next to Bart Simpson, and threatened to turn children in to raping thieving morons who would destroy the world. And while they were half right, Beavis and Butt head were stereotyped mainly because they were animated characters.

In “Do America,” Beavis and Butt Head find themselves embroiled in a situation beyond their control, as they become the country’s most dangerous men after their television is stolen. In an effort to find the TV, they cross a dangerous man named Muddy who confuses them for hit men and hires them to find his wife and kill her. For this misadventure, Beavis and Butthead go up against two dangerous killers, FBI agents, and become the carriers for a potentially lethal toxin in a microchip sewed to Beavis’ butt.

Now Beavis and Butthead are headed to Washington to “score” leaving a wake of destruction in their paths, and for some reason wrangle Demi Moore and Bruce Willis in their adventure to find their television. Although the film is relatively an appeal to the mainstream, Mike Judge doesn’t tone down his creations in the least, providing his fan base with the characters they know and love, both of whom are about as idiotic and absurdly stupid as ever. There are fart jokes, penis jokes, animal sex jokes, and there’s even a montage of words that Beavis and Butthead find sexual and funny.

Along the way, the premise takes a grander scope with the road trip leaving the duo in to more danger than they can handle, and they do nothing but respond with their trademark chuckles, a shocking sense of obliviousness, and the pursuit to “score.” Along the way Cornholio even makes a few appearances. “Do America” is a fun buffoon road trip film in the tradition of the Martin and Lewis films that takes both reckless teens and unleashes them on the country and fifteen years later it’s still a hilarious adaptation of an equally hysterical series.


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