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21 Mar 2016

Home Video Review: Netflix Has Brought Back Pee-wee Herman—and He's Fun as Usual

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Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. Netflix

It’s been 28 years since Pee-wee Herman last had his own movie (1988’s Big Top Pee-wee)—and the world’s happiest man child has not lost a step. In Netflix’s Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Paul Reubens effortlessly becomes his alter ego Pee-wee, even though he’s getting deep into his 60s.

That’s right: Pee Wee Herman is almost 64 years old. Nonetheless, he’s as nimble, joyous and fun as he was when he made his big-screen headliner debut in Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 31 years ago.

The new film, produced by Judd Apatow and directed by John Lee, doesn’t quite have the visual exuberance to match Pee-wee’s bravado, but the story (written by Reubens and Paul Rust) breezes right along. Pee-wee meets a big screen movie star (Joe Manganiello of True Blood, playing himself) while working in a diner in his all-American town. The two hit it off, and Joe invites him to his big birthday bash in New York City.

This means a road trip for Pee-wee, during which he meets up with a crazy guy in the woods and a crazy lady with a flying car. He winds up at the bottom of a well, too.

While the dull production values are disappointing, Reubens elevates things so that it really isn’t that much of a problem. Plus, Pee-wee’s car is badass.

Hopefully, this will be the start of some more adventures for Pee-wee. He’s clearly still got it.

Also: Look for Lynne Marie Stewart, Simone from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, in a small but pivotal role.

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  • Comment Link Juggling For A Cure Monday, 21 March 2016 21:11 posted by Juggling For A Cure

    Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) was arrested for exposing himself in public. And also was arrested for having child pornography in his home. Yet Herman is given a starring role in this Judd Apatow-produced movie, "Pee-wee's Big Holiday." Why is Apatow allowed unchecked to introduce children to a pervert and pedophile?

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