Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

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I’d like to think that most of my reviews are based on the merits of the film. Then there are my guilty pleasures and they’re rated on a whole new scale. I would like to add this film to that list. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure is a ridiculous creation of Tim Burton and Paul Ruebens based on the character that Reubens would use to create his hit TV show the next year. Adding a score by Danny Elfman makes this film complete.

The story is all about Pee-wee and his search for his bike. The eccentric young man lives for his bike and falls apart when it goes missing. His prime suspect is his rich nemesis Francis Buxton and sparks fly when the confrontation is made. Without resolution Pee-wee is forced to take his search on the road. He finds himself riding bulls, aiding escaped convicts, dancing with bikers, and changing the lives of the people he meets.

Throughout his search we’re faced with dozens of silly, scary, and ridiculous characters. The film has stars like James Brolin, Morgan Fairchild, Elizabeth Daily, Dee Snider, and Phil Hartman. There are also uncredited and cameo appearances by people like Milton Berle, Tom Berenger, and Lynne Marie Stewart.

The film has it all; it’s a romantic comedy, a crime drama, a cooking show, and even a children’s film. This could even be considered an educational film as it answers the question: “Is there a basement in the Alamo?”.

For all of those who remember this film, maybe it’s time to take a second look. For those who haven’t seen the movie, you don’t know what you’re missing.

On my guilty pleasure scale this is a 5 out of 5 stars. For an actual rating I would score this at 3.2 out of 5 stars.

Remember what Mr. T says: “I pity the poor fool that don’t eat my cereal!”

Rating: PG

Running Time: 90 minutes


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