Movie Review: Pee-wee’s Big Holiday

Movie Review: Pee-wee’s Big Holiday

A review of Netflix’s new film Pee-wee’s Big Holiday


Directed By: John Lee

Written By: Paul Reubens, Paul Rust

Starring: Paul Reubens

Sullywood Rating: 7/10

My Thoughts:

Never again did this Pee-wee Herman fan think he would get another chance to experience the master at work.  But he…aka me if you’re slow….was wrong!  And with that misconception we now have Pee-wee’s Big Holiday!

First things first.  If you have no idea who Pee-wee Herman is….this movie probably isn’t for you.  If you don’t like Pee-wee Herman or his comedy….this film is definitely not for you.  If you love Pee-wee Herman and still have the desire to see if the Alamo has a basement…..this film IS for you!

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday is no Pee-wee’s Big Adventure….but what films can actually match that masterpiece?  In all seriousness, Pee-wee fans should love this movie though.  It doesn’t stray away from what Reubens and Herman do best, and that’s make you laugh.

I will say though, while many of the segments fall flat, most will bring that joy back to you that you had every time you watched Pee-wee on the big screen or right in your home with Playhouse.  Reubens doesn’t miss a beat in his iconic role and he really looks pretty good for his age.

I was definitely hoping for some more cameos from Playhouse and Big Adventure, but alas there were only a few from Playhouse and actually only one from Big Adventure…I’ll give you one hint “Au Revoir, Pee-wee!”.

Reubens and Joe Manganiello, playing himself, were a great tag team in this film, with what little screen time they had together.  My one grip would be that their scenes in the beginning of the film are almost a tease, since they really don’t spend as much time together as you might have thought.

But once again, if you’re a fan of Herman and don’t expect The Godfather, you’ll sit back and enjoy this film like I did.  In a nutshell, this is roughly Big Adventure but with a different story and a new cast of crazy characters, but who cares?

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