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Beavis And Butt-Head Do The Universe Reviews Are Online, Check Out What Critics Are Saying About The Paramount+ Movie

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MTV’s best ‘90s duo is back, with Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe, a new movie more than a quarter-century since they “did” America. That’s welcome news for those who grew up chuckling along with Beavis and Butt-Head’s lowbrow humor. Despite a quick revival in 2011, today’s audiences might not be as familiar with the sophomoric duo — unless they’ve happened to catch some episodes on MTV Classic — but Mike Judge is ready to introduce a introduce Beavis and Butt-Head to a new generation (of Paramount+ subscribers). 

Its trailer dubs Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe as “the dumbest science fiction movie ever made,” and while that seems self-deprecating or at least self-aware, in the case of this titular pair (huh-huh), dumb was never a bad thing. But let’s let the critics be the judges of that. The reviews are in, so let’s take a look at what they’re saying about the movie, starting with CinemaBlend’s review of Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe. Our own Eric Eisenberg rates the movie 4 out of 5 stars, saying it’s very, very stupid, but the double-entendres and immature humor are as funny as ever for its intended audience:

Those who have never cared for Beavis and Butt-Head will still find no joy in Beavis and Butt-Head Do The Universe, and I have no idea if it will speak at all to newer generations – but it can be said with absolute certainty that the movie is a gift to Gen X and Millennial fans, and it should be cherished for the genuine idiocy that it is.

Danielle Ryan of SlashFilm rates the movie 8 out of 10, also saying it’s unknown if Beavis and Butt-Head can win over any new fans, but those who have always enjoyed Cornholio and giggling at the double entendres will have a blast. This critic says the plot retreads some of the same ground as the previous movie, but it’s still as genius as it is stupid.

It’s been 26 years, but Judge hasn’t missed a beat. The movie pokes fun at the ridiculousness of our modern world without ever making overt political statements or heavily referencing pop culture, making it a refreshing little escape from our own real-world stupidity. The boys even discover that they’ve spawned a multiverse, complete with ‘Smart Beavis’ and ‘Smart Butt-Head,’ but the joke doesn’t overstay its welcome and Judge doesn’t use it as an excuse to make a bunch of gags about multiverses in media.

Daniel Fienberg of THR says Beavis and Butt-Head still come off as funny and pathetic (in a good way), but he questions how deeply we really want to explore how the pair would act in the modern world. Either way, Mike Judge and the rest have done well by using their travels to make an actual movie and not a bloated episode of television:

Like 1996’s Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe actually feels designed for a feature-length running time, rather than a padded 22-minute TV episode. The plot, in which Beavis and Butt-Head’s desire to get laid leads them on a journey across space, time and Texas, is full of complications and sufficiently justifiable narrative detours, including a university and a prison. Although there isn’t some gigantic leap forward in the quality of the animation, there are actual set pieces, like an extended climactic car chase, and no shortage of wonderfully silly musical montages.

Owen Gleiberman of Variety says this is the sequel that nobody was asking for, but Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe is still snarky and likeable enough to get by:

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Good cartoon characters tend to be ageless, and Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe is just clever enough not to feel like an anachronism. The duo’s creator and forever naughty guiding light, Mike Judge, flows the characters into the present day without a hitch in style or a stitch in time. Without ever quite saying it, he’s making them the butt of a joke-fantasy for the superhero age. Back in the day, though, it sometimes seemed as if Beavis and Butt-Head were the future — of what it can look like when youth culture totally cuts itself off from reality. At the time, there was a how-low-can-they-go comic danger to all that. Now they’re just one exhibit among many in our mad race to the bottom.

Kate Erbland of IndieWire grades the movie a B-, saying that Top Gun: Maverick is the summer’s clear winner at pleasing a nostalgic fanbase, but Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe might be a lock for second place. 

Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe doesn’t fully capitalize on a wealth of possible plots, send-ups, and diversions, but it makes a case for the dynamically dumb duo to return for still more inane wackiness (hehehehe, ‘wack’). Certain things don’t go out of fashion, and that includes dim BFFs with a panache for finding themselves at the nexus of crucial events in human history. We’ve missed you two, come back soon.

It sounds like Mike Judge is bringing the nostalgia in all the right ways, even if (especially if?) it’s all still very dumb. If you want to see the infamous duo try to navigate life in the 21st century, you’ll be able to do it much like we did it back in the ‘90s — on your screens at home. Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe will be available for streaming exclusively on Paramount+ on Thursday, June 23. Be sure to check out some of the other best movies on Paramount+, as well as our 2022 Movie Release Schedule to see what other films are coming to theaters soon. 

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Chris Pratt’s The Terminal List Has Screened For Critics, And Most Agree It’s Made For A Pretty Specific Kind Of Viewer

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Chris Pratt may be enjoying the box office success of Jurassic World Dominion, but the actor was able to step away from his blockbuster movie career to star in an upcoming Prime Video series. The Terminal LIst features Pratt as former Navy SEAL James Reece, who’s out for revenge after the rest of his platoon was killed in an ambush. If you think it sounds like this series falls in the same vein as Reacher and Jack Ryan, you’re right, and the critics who have screened the series also noted The Terminal List seems to be the latest attempt by Amazon Prime Video to corner the market in a pretty specific genre: Shows For Dads.

How much you enjoy Chris Pratt’s return to the small screen when The Terminal List is released to Amazon Prime subscribers on July 1 may depend on how firmly you fit into that key demographic. The series is based on the 2018 novel by Jack Carr, and along with Pratt, the series features some well-known actors, including Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Let’s take a look at the reviews.

Dave Nemetz of TVLine grades the series a D, saying that while there’s a lot of action, none of it is particularly interesting, and the series seems like little more than “something new for the Amazon algorithm to recommend to your dad” after he’s finished with Prime Video’s other similar offerings. The review says:

The Terminal List‘s plot defies logic, if you stop to think about it for even a minute, but it confidently shoves its way past any such concerns. It’s utterly humorless, too, punctuated by crude bursts of graphic violence. Even those aren’t effective, though: The action is bloody but not exciting, and the story is bewildering but not interesting. In between, we get saccharine family scenes and a paint-by-numbers conspiracy that gets more complicated but not any more compelling.

Valerie Ettenhofer of SlashFilm also doesn’t like the show, but in addition to calling it boring, she says it’s too depressing to be mistaken for the escapism viewers might get from other series featuring revenge and conspiracies. From the review: 

After a solid premiere episode, The Terminal List unfolds in a pattern that soon becomes boring, alternating between Reece’s memories of his life before the SEAL team mission went awry, his current self-imposed quest, and insultingly dumb scenes of other people trying to stop him before eventually deciding he’s in the right. The lackluster writing disappoints, but its weakest link may be its lead. Pratt, who has previously excelled in comedies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Parks and Recreation, is obviously miscast here. Every scene that’s meant to be emotionally resonant falls flat, and at each step of Reece’s life-shattering journey, Pratt presents a stone-faced version of the character that seems utterly unchanged.

Most critics made mention of The Terminal List’s similarities to other Prime Video shows in that genre, but Liam Mathews of TV Guide doesn’t necessarily see this as a bad thing. He rates the Chris Pratt series a 7 out of 10, arguing that it isn’t without its faults, but the good will outweigh the bad for the audience it’s trying to reach, just like Bosch, Reacher and Jack Ryan. He says:

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These shows aren’t chasing Emmys, they just want to entertain with a twisty plot, some thrilling action set pieces, and a mildly complex main character. They’re also three of the service’s most popular and successful shows. Prime Video’s latest series, The Terminal List, fits that dad-friendly bill to a T. By the humble standards of the genre, The Terminal List is a smashing success.

Scott Campbell of We Got This Covered rates it a “Fair” 3 out of 5 stars and agrees it’s strange to see Chris Pratt playing against type in such a dark role, but given the subject matter, his signature quips and one-liners would have been out of place. Rather than comedy, The Terminal List brings the action, he says:

The Terminal List is absolutely loaded with brutal hand-to-hand fights, frenetic shootouts, fast-paced car chases, a myriad of deafening explosions, and a ridiculously high body count. Following on from fellow Prime Video exclusives like Jack Ryan and Reacher, don’t be surprised if this ends up being the hottest show of the summer for dads all around the world.

Another critic who enjoys seeing Chris Pratt not rely solely on being a smartass is Alex Maidy of JoBlo, who rates it an “Average” 6 out of 10. He says the series probably would have been better as a feature film or with a smaller number of episodes, because at its current length, the plot never really grabs your interest. In his words:

With Chris Pratt in the lead and acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua helming the first episode, The Terminal List has all the makings of the next great action series. The only problem is that it is woefully dull and never musters enough out of some interesting plot elements to justify its existence. As much as I wanted to love this show, The Terminal List is surprisingly bland despite some brutal on-screen violence and a solid performance from Pratt.

So critics had some pretty harsh opinions about the upcoming Amazon Prime Video series, but fans of other similar action shows seem to be the clear target audience. As always, viewers should feel free to form their own opinions, and if you want to see Chris Pratt in a different role, avenging his platoon, you can check out The Terminal List on Friday, July 1. Also be sure to check out these other best shows on Amazon Prime Video.

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Netflix Top Movies And Shows: What’s Trending On June 29, 2022

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Whenever any new Netflix original movies come out and hit Number One on the Netflix Top 10, they tend remain in that spot until another film (either something else or an older favorite) comes along and makes a huge splash as it enters the ranks for the first time. However, on the Netflix Top 10 Movies in the U.S. for Wednesday, June 29, 2022, we have witnessed a film that recently usurped a previous champion come back to reclaim its supremacy. Let’s take a deeper look at what the top-ranking titles on Netflix (opens in new tab) to see what the surprise winner is today, as well what the Top 10 TV Shows look like, in our following daily. breakdown.

Top 10 Movies On Netflix In The U.S. – June 29, 2022

For the second day in a row, the Netflix Top 10 Movies in the U.S. today bears very little difference to how the list appeared the day before – particularly in the bottom eight spots, I should say – with devastating Stephen King movie The Mist not yet parting from Number Three and sitting above Sylvester Stallone’s Backtrace, international romance Love & Gelato, acclaimed sports drama Hustle, and sci-fi thriller Spiderhead. Fellow King adaptation It is once again in eighth and followed by the animated family adventures Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness and Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story – a 2017 doc Sean “Diddy” Combs. However, action-comedy The Man from Toronto was at Number One for days, but has now been overtaken by its successor: Illumination’s hit musical sequel, Sing 2.

  • 1. Sing 2
  • 2. The Man from Toronto
  • 3. The Mist
  • 4. Backtrace
  • 5. Love & Gelato
  • 6. Hustle
  • 7. Spiderhead
  • 8. It
  • 9. Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness
  • 10. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story

Top 10 TV Shows On Netflix In The U.S. – June 29, 2022

The differences between how Netflix’s Top 10 TV Shows in the U.S. appear today and how the list appeared yesterday are also minimal, with Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy still in the lead above Stranger Things, and a strange docuseries hosted by William Shatner called The UnXplained. Competitive reality series Snowflake Mountain also remains in fourth above two coming-of-age CW originals (Legacies and All American) and The Lincoln Lawyer’s case is still in session in the bottom spot. However, Shonda Rhimes’ long, long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy his risen a bit in popularity, as has Nickelodeon’s teen comedy Zoey 101, while Money Heist: Korea – Join Economic Area has fallen from seventh to ninth place.

  • 1. The Umbrella Academy
  • 2. Stranger Things
  • 3. The UnXplained
  • 4. Snowflake Mountain
  • 5. Legacies
  • 6. All American
  • 7. Grey’s Anatomy
  • 8. Zoey 101
  • 9. Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area
  • 10. The Lincoln Lawyer

It is interesting to see a title that debuted at Number One on the Netflix Top 10 Movies fall to second place and crawl back up to first soon after. However, I suppose we will, very likely, see that exact scenario take place on the Top 10 TV Shows when the second volume of Stranger Things Season 4 premieres this Friday. As of now, I have no other predictions for how audiences will use their Netflix subscriptions tomorrow and the days to follow, but we will be sure to let you know what the true results are asap.

View the Netflix Top 10 lists for Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

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Why The Umbrella Academy’s Season 3 Premiere Purposefully Contains A Continuity Error

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The Umbrella Academy Season 3 continues its wave of success at the peak of Netflix’s daily Top 10 TV shows, having held the spot since beating out the first part of Stranger Things’ record-breaking fourth season. Which presumably means millions upon millions of Netflix subscribers have watched the third season’s premiere and beyond. And if you were one of the fans who picked up on the lapse in continuity between Season 2’s bonkers finale and its follow-up, you’re not alone, and you’re absolutely correct. Ben Hargreeves somehow went through a magical hairstyle change mid-scene!

Of course, the character didn’t actually flip his bangs up really quick within the sequence itself, as Ben’s tentacles probably aren’t so savvy with clippers and hair gel. (Although if they can light a cigar…) In any case, The Umbrella Academy star Justin H. Min and showrunner Steve Blackman revealed that Ben’s hair switcheroo wasn’t a random editing snafu, but was rather a purposeful continuity error for reasons both practical and emotional. In that Min did not want to rock that look the entire season. Here’s how he amusingly explained it to TVLine:

You know, they talk about the happiest day in your life. The bangs had a great run, but they had to go. They kept falling out. It was going to be a nightmare to film with that, so the hair went up, and we called it a day.

While it’s likely The Umbrella Academy’s hair stylists could have made Ben’s hair work in the super-emo hanging-bangs mode, Justin H. Min might not have needed to act very much to pull off the character’s surly demeanor. Especially if it would have remained a logistical issue as far as problems with the hairpiece went. 

Thankfully, the mild horrors that came with filming the Season 2 finale weren’t replicated for the most current season, which was not only pleasing to Min, but was clearly the best choice in hindsight. I cannot imagine that Ben would have remained such a likable assbag throughout the season had his eyes been partially covered by his bangs the whole time. Would it have led to some amusing moments involving Umbrella members pushing Ben’s hair up and away from his eyes? One can only hope.

The way Steve Blackman puts it, he wasn’t all that into the bangs entering the equation back when the previous finale was filmed. In his words:

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We shot that [original] scene on the very last day of Season 2, and I did not want them to do that to his hair. It’s supposed to be continuous [into Season 3], but… I wanted to change it. So did Justin, so we did a little flip of that.

Nobody wanted to point fingers too directly, so let’s just blame the bangs on the extraterrestrial Reginald Hargreeves, since he never truly has the best interests of his children in mind, regardless of what timeline he’s in.

All three seasons of The Umbrella Academy are currently streaming on Netflix, and be sure to check out our 2022 TV premiere schedule to see what’s worth diving into after all the nude fights and kugelblitzes have gone away for the time being.

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