“Did someone say ‘vagina’?” whispers hormone monster Maurice before bursting out of Andrew’s (John Mulaney) desk. Maurice gets things going from the very first scene. While Andrew is learning about the female reproductive system in health class, suddenly out pops Maurice — a horned, yellow thing with brown hair, and a dick head for a nose.
Big Mouth is a new Netflix comedy that explores how two hormone monsters, Maurice (Nick Kroll) and Connie (Maya Rudolph), manipulate the minds and torture the bodies of pubescent junior high kids.
Watching it, I felt the same way I did the first time I saw South Park. Cartoons often get at truths that other art forms can't, and this show certainly pushes boundaries. "It’s a horror show — a funny horror show, but a horror show nonetheless — and they’re the big scary monsters freaking everybody out. Sure, they’re figments of Andrew and Jessi’s imaginations, but what’s a story of puberty without monstrous hormones?" says Indiewire. "Maurice and Connie drive the story. They run the show. But they’re incredible creations because they’re more than scary monsters; they’re also trying to help these kids, in a very weird, very funny, and very recognizable way."
While the show "stars" characters Andrew (Mulaney), Nick (Kroll), and Jessi (Jessi Klein), the hormone monsters certainly steal the show in a big, entertaining, and surprisingly educational way. With budgets to everything from Planned Parenthood to sex ed being slashed nationwide, and a world where kids believe a sticker on their penis can stop pregnancy — by tackling topics like sex, love, dating, and STIs (including HIV), Big Mouth may be just the antidote we need to the ignorance that's prevailing in our culture.