Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985)

Please click the link to read my review of Cheech and Chong's Next Movie, another film that featured Paul Reubens and Pee Wee Herman (although he certainly wasn't kid-friendly!) 

Synopsis: Creepy man-child in tight-fitting suit searches for World’s Ugliest Bicycle. [Interestingly, PWBA is based upon The Bicycle Thief but it actually reminded me of Corvette Summer]

Blurb From the DVD Jacket: “Call in the FBI! Alert the President! Advise all ships at sea and break out the Batphone! Pee-wee Herman’s bicycle, the ‘neatest’ bike in the world, is missing. It’s his most prized possession... and he’s just got to get it back.” 

What Did I Learn?: 1) The Alamo doesn’t have a basement. 2) Mr. T pities the fools who don’t eat his cereal.  


Really?: 1) Ok, I realize you can’t really judge this movie on its overall credibility, but wait – Pee Wee buys a “boomerang bow-tie” and he never once uses it! 2) I have to ask: who was this movie's target audience? I mean, PWBA really isn't a film for kids, and how does one relate to the protagonist? 

Rating: I've watched Pee Wee's Big Adventure on a few occasions since it was released thirty years ago, and I'm still not entire sure what to think of it. Certain scenes, such as Pee Wee's encounter with the bikers, are quite funny, and the film ends with an impressive finale (I loved the movie-within-a-movie featuring James Brolin and Morgan Fairchild), but the rest is just plain weird, and Pee Wee himself becomes a little irritating by the end. 7.5/10 stars.

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