Beavis and Butt-head Do America

1996 PG-13 PT1H20M DVD

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Beavis and Butt-head Do America

1996 PG-13 PT1H20M DVD
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After realizing that their beloved boob tube is gone, couch potatoes Beavis and Butt-head (both voiced by creator Mike Judge) set off on a cross-country expedition that takes them from Las Vegas to the nation's capital. Along the way, they're mistaken for hit men and get caught up in a weapons-smuggling conspiracy as a gaggle of mobsters and lawmen shadow the two morons. Celebrity voices include Cloris Leachman, Robert Stack and David Letterman.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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Reviews

age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this cartoon-feature spinoff of the Beavis and Butt-head MTV cartoon finds its humor in bad role models -- two loutish, ugly, TV-addicted, heavy-metal boys fixated on sex (which they never get to have, though there are plenty of masturbation references), and shallow thrills. Expect innuendo, about "scoring," and "sluts" and gag imagery of big-breasted women (onscreen sex only happens between consenting birds). References to homosexuality include the song "Lesbian Seagull." Beavis gets high with both prescription pills and desert peyote cactus. Both kids drink alcohol. Language is at PG-13 level, mainly with double-entendres and variations on words ending in "-hole." There's cartoon violence, mainly in silly fantasy scenes (an opening with B&B as Starsky and Hutch-level cop heroes). FBI and authority figures come across as clueless or ineffective. Young people watching may be encouraged to view more Beavis-Butthead antics in the original short-subject form, which sometimes had animal cruelty and pyromania (less prominent here).

Sexual Content

Plenty of sex talk and innuendo, about "scoring," and "sluts" and masturbation. The only sexual activity actually shown is between a pair of buzzards, but women in skimpy clothing with big "hooters" appear from time to time. Butt-head chuckles over purient connotation of words like "hole," "wood," "unit" and "cockpit." The folk song "Lesbian Seagull" is performed, and Beavis and Butt-head misunderstand the hit-man jargon of being paid to "do" people, male or female.

Violence

The introductory dream sequence is a parody of giant-monster movies, with colossal-sized Butt-head and a fire-breathing Beavis stomping through a city and withstanding army artillery. A massive car pileup on the freeway is caused when B&B fall out of a trunk. An extra dies from a germ-warfare weapon. Guns are pulled on the heroes. Fantasy-drug hallucination with characters as rotting rock-and-roll skeletons.

Language

"Damn," "hell," the s-word, "Jumping Jesus!," "God-damned," "bastard," "slut," "schlong," and, of course, "butt-hole."

Social Behavior

Being obliviously stupid, as Beavis and Butt-head are, doesn't exactly uplift them, but it seems to see the boys safely through life-or-death peril (dying in desert heat, Butt-head gets a chuckle out of watching two vultures mating).

Consumerism

At the height of Beavis and Butt-head fever there were themed-video compilations ("Work Sucks," "Christmas Sucks"), and Beavis and Butt-head books, buttons, masks, a video game etc. Heavy-metal music gets promoted in the movie, with AC/DC and Metallica T-shirts as basic uniforms for the duo and Motley Crue reverantly mentioned.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Beavis ingests an old woman's Xanax prescription and freaks out; he also experiences a "trip" by eating desert peyote cactus. Underage and grownup alcohol drinking (including while driving).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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