Honestly, when it comes to the hip and popular thing everyone won’t shut the fuck up about, I usually tend to be an avoider. Case in point, I still haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books past The Sorceror’s Stone, I haven’t watched ANY of Breaking Bad, and I actively went out of my way to AVOID House of Cards. I still don’t know how I got talked into Orange is the New Black, but long time readers already know where I stand on that. And if you’re new… Yeah, the book was better. Oh yeah, did you know there was a book? And about four different versions of the book are on Audible.com, weirdly enough. Not sure WHY there’s four, but there’s apparently four. But I digress.
I usually tend to avoid the trendy things… Except in the case of Big Mouth, the trendy thing is probably the most polarizing thing out there right now. I think the only thing anybody can agree on is that the character designs suck. I’ll own up to having certain designs I don’t like (IE, football headed characters), but really once you see your way past the character designs, the show is actually… Meh.
I’ve heard the popular joke/statement where someone says it’s all about those awkward years of going through puberty, and “The last thing I ever want to do is relive those awkward years.” Yeah, at least you had NORMAL middle school experiences. Got to go to normal middle school, make awkward mistakes around a bunch of other normal kids who knew just as little as you did, and nobody threw you into a special little asylum school where you were a confused thirteen-year-old forced to coexist with a bunch of sixteen and seventeen year old assholes who fucking resented every minute you were in the same room as them, made fun of you for having arachnophobia, and calling you several variations of “gay ass faggot” for liking professional wrestling. Yeah, you definitely had it rough. My life was smooth sailing.
Oi, the sarcasm kills me inside.
In all seriousness, though, the show is… Okay. It’s not horrible, it’s not amazing, it’s just okay.
Admittedly, I heard one of the guys who wrote Sausage Party was involved with this show, which was a red flag right out the gate. As mentioned in Red Flannel Radio, I watched about three minutes of Sausage Party, and Immediately called it quits.
But suppose Sausage Party was a fluke. Hell, it’s happened before. I mean hell, Rob Zombie makes some of my favorite horror movies of all time… But he ALSO made a shitty remake of the first two Halloween movies. Everybody’s entitled to one fuck up, right?
Well fortunately, Big Mouth isn’t as terrible. Hell, I’m up to episode 8 as of this writing, and… Well… I’m not exactly laughing at every single joke the show throws at me. Far from it, really. Yet at the same timeI don’t really feel compelled to turn away in revoltion, either.
There are some aspects of the show that are more annoying than anything else. Coach Steve is that character I know they’re TRYING to make funny, but boy is it not working at all. I see what MarsReviews was talking about when they mentioned they have a habit of running jokes into the ground. Yes, I’m familiar with the comedy rule of three, but things like the “shit covered basketballs” wasn’t funny the first time, and it never gets funnier with repetition.
On the other hand, it’s actually an interesting take on the concept of puberty. The “hormone monster” is unsurprisingly the character they want you to consider your favorite, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s very Family Guy esque in how it’s supposed to be an entity only kids going through puberty can see and interact with, but sometimes adults can see him because SHUT UP AND LAUGH YOU FUCKING CRETINS!. That being said, I’ve laughed more at things the hormone monsters and monstresses have said than pretty much any other joke.
Notgoing to lie, this show is pretty fucking gross. I personally have made peace with the idea that the human body is disgusting, and anyone who says otherwise is either a fucking liar, or they’re more focused on the outside. They’re more about your image than about the inner workings and the horrible, disgusting smells and objects the body can produce such as feces, urine, tumors, and children. Fucking grody, man.
That being said, yeah, there’s a lot of masturbation jokes in this. And yeah, there’s a whole episode about a girl getting her first period. The worst of it is probably the episode of Jay getting his pillow pregnant in his weird schizophrenic fantasy world. Part of me definitely could’ve lived a lot longer without seeing a lot of that. And another part of me can’t help but wonder why I never thought of that till now? Oh well.
If you can see your way past the grossout factor, it’s actually not the worst thing ever. Believe me, I’ve seen worse. Shit, I listen to GWAR for crying out loud. You want to talk gross…
At the same time, though, I’m not in a huge hurry to recommend the show. It’s not terrible, but it’s probably nothing I’m going to watch more than once. As far as recommendations go… I don’t know, check it out for yourself. Formulate your own fucking opinion instead of getting it from a half-blind insomniac who probably ought to be writing his next novel instead of spending his Saturday off watching Netflix and listening to Hunter S. Thompson novels on Audible.com.