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How Crazy-Ass Tom Cruise and “Top Gun” Saved America


America needs to get back to meaningless fun, and “Top Gun: Maverick” delivers in colossal doses.


In a classic Beavis and Butt-Head episode the boys watch a video of U2’s One. They hear Bono’s lyrics:

Is it getting better?
Or do you feel the same?

They see a blurry buffalo running in slow motion through a field of tall grass. “Whoa!” says Beavis. That’s a big dog! Next, shots of the word “One” written in various languages flash on TV — Une, Aon, 하나 — followed by cuts to a still shot of a sunflower field, which zooms out, eventually fading back to the slo-mo buffalo. “Is this like a quiz?” asks Butt-Head.

“This is like school,” says Beavis. “This means something.”

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