I know I'm late to the party but after having a week to be to digest Big Mouth, a Netflix original and looking for a deeper meaning I've been forced to think about the tumultuous times of the spouting teenager. How it can be confusing and cause a crisis in oneself leading to the eventual understanding that your life has changed forever. An emerging butterfly breaking free
from your chrysalis of innocence but let's be honest it's shallower than a dirty street puddle after a bit of acid rain. In my opinion, therein lies the charm. We follow a few middle school children as they are visited by the Maurice Hormone Monster. In the opening, you can see the foreboding shadow of Maurice looming over Nick Birch (Nick Kroll )and Andrew Glouberman (John Mulaney) our main characters as Charles Bradley's "changes" plays in the background may he rest in peace. Maurice is the physical embodiment of all the freak nasty thoughts that can go through one's mindin' the nastiest of ways also played by Nick Kroll as he channels is best Diedrich Bader impersonation. At the ripe old age of 75,000,000 years old, he knows the
deepest darkest desires humanity can have and plays on those to coax them to act on them. Episode one "Ejaculation" starts as Andrew and Nick are in sex-ed learning about the intricacies of the female body.
Suddenly Maurice rumbles Andrews desk a breaks free like a genie as he tells Andrew its show time. At the behest of Andrew, he eventually breaks down as innuendo are flying faster than the cars to the Fast and Furious series and fumbles to the restroom to "take care of the problem". Cut to the Birch house as the sit around the table. The father Eliot Birch (Fred
Armisen) mentions how much he loves his family and that his house was the place of death for Duke Ellington. Eventually the boys are getting ready for bed and Nick accidentally sees Andrews "dinger" a wave of awkwardness and tension divides the boys as Nick is perplexed by the size difference. Nick then introduces us to my favorite character in the series. The ghost of Duke Ellington (Jordan Peele) at this point I was like "WTF". The Duke is a zany and experienced character that takes us through a myriad of experiences that only he could have and drawing parallels to the situations of the boys. You may ask yourself what would a 119 year old ghost of a legend have in common with two 7th grade boys? The answer is sex drugs and rock and roll. The episode and the series take you down a rabbit hole that is interesting outlandish and all the while never forgetting to be raunchy. Some of the situations can be humanizing while others are just playing weird.
All in all, I'd recommend the show 2 "Dingers" up.