Mike Judge’s iconic dim-witted teens are back and this time, a paradox has led them to transport 24 years into the future and they do what they do best.
In 1998, Beavis and Butt-Head did the unthinkable. They have gotten in hot water after burning down the school gym during a science fair. Instead of putting them in prison, the judge offers an alternative sentence of sending the duo to Space Camp. When the duo sees a docking model, they mistake it for something naughty and in the midst of things, impress lead astronaut Serena Ryan, who invites the two on a major mission. However, when the teens cause the ship to nearly be destroyed, Serena causes the two to die in outer space.
Yet, the boys are not dead. Instead, they have ended up in the year 2022. There, they meet two aliens who are smarter than they actually are. The smart Beavis and Butt-Head tell their dim-witted selves that they have to find a portal to return in order to restore balance. The two also learn that Serena is now the governor of Texas and when she learns that Beavis and Butt-head are alive, she hatches a plan to kill them to cover up what she did in 1998. Things get worse when the FBI mistake Beavis and Butt-head for their smarter alien versions. Will the two be able to return to 1998 and stay alive or will they die in 2022?
They’re baaaaaaack! Mike Judge’s iconic Beavis and Butt-Head have returned after 25 years! Judge was waiting for the right time for his dim-witted duo to come back and what better time than now. While Judge wrote the screenplay and return as the voices of the duo, directing duties go to John Rice and Albert Calleros. And it is like the two never left.
The antics start from the beginning when we see Beavis and Butt-head at the science fair where Butt-Head finds an alternative to kicking Beavis in the nards and it leads to just one of the funny moments that are unleashed in this film. It is when we meet Serena, voiced by Andrea Savage, that we get that the duo have their own personal mission and those who know these two can guess what that mission is. Yes, it is perverted and yes there are plenty of perversion gags in the film, but let’s not forget we dealt with that in many of this generation’s raunchy comedies. However, it’s more the language and not so much relying on exploitation.
While the film briefly has appearance from past characters such as Coach Buzzcut, Stewart, and Mr. Van Dreesen, the film relies on new characters. Aside from Savage’s Serena Ryan, who becomes our main antagonist, Nat Faxon’s Jim Hartson is the ultimate opportunist as he wants to be the lead on everything. Even when Serena is clearly the lead and head boss, Hartson still tries to get his impact in on things, but they don’t go as planned at all. The smart Beavis and Butt-Head, who look like variations of Doctor Strange’s The Ancient One with white eyes are quite funny in their own way as well.
Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe is a welcome return for Mike Judge’s iconic ditwits and this is only the steppingstone for the duo, who are set to return in a new series next month!
WFG RATING: A-
Paramount+ presents an MTV Films production. Directors: John Rice and Albert Calleros. Producer: Matthew Mahoney. Writers: Mike Judge and Lew Morton; based on the MTV series “Beavis and Butt-Head” created by Mike Judge. Editing: Phil Davis and Robert James Ashe.
Voice Cast: Mike Judge, Andrea Savage, Gary Cole, Nax Faxon, Chi McBride, Carlos Alazraqui, Susan Bennett, Mary Birdsong, Chris Diamantopulos.