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Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

Paul Reubens , Elizabeth Daily , Tim Burton    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Former animator Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Batman, Mars Attacks!) made his feature directorial debut with this delightful comedy, coscripted by the late Phil Hartman (who also appears briefly as a reporter). Wisely, they keep the story simple so as to concentrate on the characters: Pee-wee's most prized possession, his shiny new bicycle, is stolen, and he sets off on an obsessive cross-country journey, determined to recover it. Pee-wee's awkward and childish attempts to be cool and mature ("I meant to do that!!") are hysterical, as when he tells his girlfriend (Elizabeth Daly): "There's things about me you don't know, Dottie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand.... I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel." Look for Saturday Night Live vet Jan Hooks in a hilarious bit as a tour guide at the Alamo. And beware of Large Marge! --Jim Emerson

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Who doesn't love the man-child that is Pee Wee Herman? This is THE movie that made Pee Wee Herman a household name and it is brought brilliantly and theatrically to life by the genius of Tim Burton's direction. Want to see a thirty-something man who acts like a 12 year old boy polish his prized bike in the early morning sunlight of a 1985 spring (even though you'll sense evil on the horizon... )? Want to see Pee-Wee's insane, goof-ball house? See him fight with the tubby Francis (who is also in his thirties and lives with a 60-something father who treats both men like children as they squabble)? See Pee Wee waste food and do a Mr. T impression as he pours obsolete cereal all over his pancakes (and then, doesn't eat a damn thing)? How about a fun bar scene where Pee Wee gets into it with bikers, and doesn't have the sense to know he is about to get his skinny butt kicked? Want to see a crazy trucker lady named Large Marge scare the poop out of Pee Wee in the middle of the night? It's all HERE! This is a fun, lighthearted romp through the colorful insanity of a socially awkward bow-tie-wearing FREAK and it is glorious! I only wish it was longer... or had a sequel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loveable Dec 7 2003
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Hilarious and visually imaginative, PWBA is a definite candidate for one of the most loveable movies ever made. Pee-Wee Herman isn't exactly playing a part, or acting; he has become his role of the perpetually cheerful 20-something man-child with curiously red lips and aerial voice. The movie, simply, is about how Pee-Wee tries desperately to find his stolen bike. In an effort to make the movie appear deeper than it doesn't want to be, this man-child's sweaty pursuit of his vintage 50's styled bike could be construed as a metaphor for Pee-Wee's continued avoidance of the adult lifestyle; he's chasing down his youth, just as Charles Foster Kane was struggling to find the rosebud of his childhood. But it isn't just Pee-Wee's bicycle that's vintage, it is also his haircut and suit. Ironically, Pee-Wee lives alone in his own home, instead of in the basement of his parents'. It's the sort of gadget drunk fun house that MTV Cribs was born to document. One of the perks of his home is that he has a machine to make breakfast for him (cereal atop pancakes, bacon, etc). But does Pee-Wee have a job? ... According to the movie, No. Does Pee-Wee have a girlfriend? Well, now, you all know that boys at a very young age aren't into the cootie girls. In Pee-Wee's hunt for his bike, does he come of age? No. Does he find his bike? Well, yeah... Duh! Does he eventually get a job? Well, kind of. Hollywood producers learn of his race across the world to find his bicycle and decide to make it into a movie. And does he eventually accept his once platonic girlfriend into his life? Sure, but their union probably won't lead to anything... maybe one step at a time, though. He'll lose his virginity at 50, I'm sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back to my childhood days Oct. 27 2003
Man this movie is hilarious and it takes me back to my early childhood days when I used to beg my mother to let me watch it and I remember that we rented this movie at least 10 times and I would watch it constantly, and my cousin uses to love it too, she would watch it so much that my aunt actually taped over it, well anyways this movie is about a man who has a mind and personality like a 10 year old and his name is Pee Wee Herman and I when he is about to take off with his unusual looking bike, his snotty neighbor Francis catches him and askes him how his morning is going and they get into an argument, 'I know what you are, but what am I?' That part is hilarious and Francis wants to have Pee Wee's bike, later on he decides to go shopping and when he is done shopping his bike is stolen and he calls the police and he thinks that Francis has something to do with it, later on he talks to a gypsy and askes her where his bike is and she tells Pee Wee that his bike is at the Alamo and he thanks her and hitchhikes his way to the Alamo and an escaped convict picks him up, later on when he arrives at the Alamo, he finds out that his bike wasn't there. I'm not going to talk too much about the movie and if you haven't seen it, stop right there and go to your local video store and rent it and if you a little boy or girl, drive your parents nuts with it.
Will Pee Wee Herman ever find his bike, will Pee Wee ever make it back home, in order to find out watch Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Rider For The Eighties Aug. 17 2003
Pee-wee Herman's search for his stolen bicycle is really an allegory of a man's search for self-discovery. Dottie, an attractive young woman who works at the bicycle store, has a big crush on Pee-wee. He is oblivious to her charms and spurns her advances. A rich neighborhood kid, who envies Pee-wee's bike, pays someone to steal the bike for him. Poor Pee-wee leaves
his safe, idealized home and ventures forth into the real, gritty world to recover his beloved bicycle. He first encounters a fake fortune teller, named Madam Ruby, who tells him that his bike is in the basement of the Alamo. While he stares into her crystal ball, she steals Pee-wee's wallet with all of his cash in it. Thus, much as Jack Kerouac did on the road, Pee-wee hitches rides and works odd jobs to get to the Alamo in Texas. Along the way he meets an escaped convict named Mickey, the ghost of a trucker named Large Marge, and an amorous waitress named Simone. Barely escaping the wrath of Simone's jealous boyfriend, Pee-wee hops on a moving train in the classic tradition of the traveling hobo. Imagine Pee-wee's disappointment when the finally gets to the Alamo, takes the tour, and discovers that there is no basement!
Dejected, his travels take him to a biker bar. He attempts to make a phone call in the noisy bar, and yells at everyone to keep the noise down. Promptly being shown the door, Pee-wee accidentally knocks over all their motorcycles, enraging the bikers. They discuss the best ways to kill him. A biker chick, played by Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira), grabs Pee-wee and demands, "I say you let me have him first!" Being quick on his feet, Pee-wee asks for a last request. As the jukebox blasts the song "Tequila," Pee-wee does an amazing dance, which immediately wins over the biker gang.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Gman88
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Ce que j'aime est rien que la comédie avec l'acteur Paul Reubens .. En plus, il y a un sous-titre car je suis une personne sourde c'est pourquoi .. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Guillaume B-Proulx
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Old film remastered in Bluray and quite crisp. Pee wee Herman is ridiculous from the start so it was a good buy!
Published 7 months ago by James Brabender
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC
Because everyone needs to own this movie. Just finished watching it and actually forgot how awesome it was! Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2012 by heykers
5.0 out of 5 stars Will reduce you to fits of laughter on the floor
This film may not be for everyone, but it is for everyone that 'gets it'. Tim Burton was not out to make one of those tremendously stupid films involving a really dumb guy and the... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2011 by Erin Deli
5.0 out of 5 stars very impressed
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Published on Nov. 3 2010 by janice l sinasac
4.0 out of 5 stars Pee Wee Herman is one funny man
I think this movie is a wonderful movie. That Pee Wee Herman is one humorous man. That movie made me laugh so much. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2010 by Kevin Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember!
This bring back memories. I went to see it in theater when I was in my early 20s with friends and we laughed so much.... but the Lage Marge scene was the best... Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2008 by SlyFox
5.0 out of 5 stars A one-of-a-kind classic comedy
It is really such a shame about what happened to actor Paul Reubens and his alter-ego Pee-wee Herman. This is an absolutely delightful, one-of-a-kind classic comedy. Read more
Published on July 18 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable
This film made me physically sick. Peewee has a grating personality and the jokes were... well... uninspired at best. Skip it and watch something funnier... Read more
Published on July 4 2004
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