Parents' Guide to

Beavis and Butt-head Do America

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

MTV spin-off for "mature" lovers of really stupid humor.

Movie PG-13 1996 81 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

One of the greatest comedy films ever made.

Rated M13

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 17+

good for adults, terrible for 17 and below

this movie is full of stupid sexual humor and deliquent behavior. I wouldn't let my children watch it unless they were adults.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (35):

Beavis and Butt-head are probably better suited for tweens than their R-rated (and smarter) live-action counterparts, the drug-fixated Harold and Kumar. Parents and teachers hated early Beavis and Butt-head cartoons, which had animal cruelty, setting fires, and other anarchic behavior as crudely animated (if sometimes hilarious) gags. Filmmaker Mike Judge, with later work like King of the Hill and The Goode Family, proved he could do (he-he, we said "do") subtle, quirky, and touching humor on human nature, and if you judge these two characters by that standard it's clear they're not supposed to be glorified heroes in any traditional sense. Yes, they're OK in the end, but they never "score," they learn nothing, and the movie kind of suggests that the whole society is on a treadmill to idiocy too; these guys just got there first.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 20, 1996
  • On DVD or streaming: September 12, 2006
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Mike Judge
  • Director: Mike Judge
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 81 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: continuous crude sex-related humor and language, and for a drug-related scene.
  • Last updated: April 28, 2023

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