[dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap] can’t speak on anyone else’s behalf, but I knew from the moment I heard about Big Mouth that it was going to be nothing short of brilliant. And crude, obviously.
Nick Kroll, who I and many others know as Ruxin from FX’s The League (a series that I was thoroughly convinced I would not enjoy in the least but ended up truly enjoying), is the pervert behind the animated Netflix show (hey, I didn’t say it, I’m just assuming someone out there in the mediaverse is thinking it).
Awkward Comedy For The Masses
Unlike Family Guy, which in my opinion relies a little bit too much on pop culture references to boost its comedic value, and Rick and Morty who tend to dabble in more abstract and existential spaces, Big Mouth borders on painfully relatable.
Fortunately for Big Mouth, a sense of collective misery has proven to be the best marketing grab they could have ever hoped for.
Everyone on the planet hasn’t turned themselves into a pickle (at least I hope not) or traveled interdimensionally (if you have, kindly hit me up), but everyone has had the unfortunate privilege of being subjected to the awkward process that is puberty. Fortunately for Big Mouth, a sense of collective misery has proven to be the best marketing grab they could have ever hoped for.
Everything We Wanted But Didn’t Get In School
Kroll and his creative team have transformed an otherwise cringe-y and confusing occurrence into an extremely entertaining, meta, and unapologetic commentary. Big Mouth doesn’t hold back in any sense, and touches on many of the scenarios and happenings that we all wanted the low-down on in our adolescence but usually didn’t get.
I’m looking at you, stupidly awkward videos we watched circa elementary/middle school.
Don’t worry though, nothing is off limits for Big Mouth: masturbation (male and female!), Planned Parenthood, depression, questioning your sexuality, porn, wet dreams, consent, and female pleasure (just to name a few).
Every time I watch Big Mouth, I can’t help but think that it’s one of the best educational tools we have in our arsenal…
As a twenty-something who had access to half-way decent (though certainly still lacking) sex education and an open book of a mother, I’m incredibly proud of Kroll and his team for creating a catalyst for some of the most pertinent conversations known to humankind. Every time I watch Big Mouth, I can’t help but think that it’s one of the best educational tools we have in our arsenal, and that pre-teens and teens alike should see it for themselves.
Not for the sake of accuracy or anatomical correctness, but simply for the sake of exposure and the sense of normalcy it instills.
Hell, I’d show it to my own hypothetical kids.
So Much More To Cover…Or Expose, I Suppose
…I can’t help but be simultaneously disappointed yet weirdly encouraged by the fact that Netflix is distributing the remedy for our sex education woes.
Nowadays, we need all of the sex-positive content we can get. As we regress as a country in regards to women’s rights and related issues, I can’t help but be simultaneously disappointed yet weirdly encouraged by the fact that Netflix is distributing the remedy for our sex education woes.
Bottom line: Big Mouth is stupidly successful and a welcome, nay, necessary facet of today’s streaming line-up. I look forward to watching the story of the show’s characters play out as absurdly as ever before in the show’s third season.
Sadly, I don’t foresee Kroll’s show making its way into every sex ed teacher’s lesson plans, but a girl can dream.