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Review: ‘Big Mouth’ brings its signature humor to Valentine’s Day

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Andrew and Matthew in "Big Mouth."

Valentine’s Day is a tricky holiday to make television specials about, yet “Big Mouth” hit the nail on the head yet again with its 45-minute special “My Furry Valentine.”

It can often be difficult to capture exactly what goes through an adolescent’s mind when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but this no-holds-barred approach to the hormones and thoughts that spiral through the heads of young people will bring you to tears with laughter.

The animated series on Netflix continues to fire on all cylinders with its raunchy comedy and cold take on the struggles of growing up in today’s world.

Even though this is a one-off special, there are still plenty of valid story line developments that connect to the two previous seasons and the third season to come.

Some of the best moments throughout the special are these confessional-like scenes where the hormone monsters and their kids discuss the first time they met. Andrew (voiced by John Mulaney), Nick (voiced by Nick Kroll) and Matthew (voiced by Andrew Rannells) all recount their experiences when they first met The Hormone Monster, Maurey (voiced by Nick Kroll) and The Hormone Monstress, Connie (voiced by Maya Rudolph).

Several characters go through changes in this special as well, continuing to show the creators and writers affinity for character development even though it is only a one-off special.

Nick struggles with having a female hormone monster, and Connie is unsure how to be a hormone monster to a boy since Nick is the first she has been assigned to. When Nick starts developing girl-like puberty symptoms, Connie and him get in a fight. The two eventually learn to work with each other over the course of the special.

Matthew is a character that we get to know better in this special and will hopefully be explored more in season three. He is not the main character, but he does get about an equal amount of screen time compared to the main characters, Andrew and Nick.

Andrew is struggling after his break-up with Missy (voiced by Jenny Slate). Seeing Valentine’s Day as a chance to “win her back,” he goes out of his way to show his love for Missy, but he ends up rejected. The rejection sends Andrew into an outburst leaving him in tears and everyone feeling uneasy.

The entire all-star voice acting cast returns for this special, including Gina Rodriguez as Gina, Jessi Klein as Jessi, Jason Mantzoukas as Jay and Nick Kroll as Nick, The Hormone Monster, Coach Steve, Rick the Hormone Monster and Lola.

Overall, “My Furry Valentine” brings a great, blunt take on Valentine’s Day to the lives of adolescence. If you are looking for a great Valentine’s Day special that doesn’t focus too heavily on the “lovey-dovey” stuff, than this “Big Mouth” special is for you.

entertainment.ed@ocolly.com