Presented by James M. Tate / 3/21/2016 / No comments / joe manganiello , paul reubens , road movie
PEE WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY & BIG ADVENTURE
|Judd Apatow produces Pee-Wee Herman in a comeback vehicle that seems like there was no BIG ADVENTURE at all|
|He did get outta town|
|Dead End Job|
|Joe Long Last Name|
|A Returning Actor, not character, in Diane Salinger|
|This Scene Blows|
For a movie executive produced (and basically legitimized) by the usually controversial Judd Apatow, he obviously had a task of putting Pee-Wee back on the map for adults, making this once-hilarious man-child not just a diminished children's show host, who happens to be more weird and creative than most of his kind, but a comeback kid the grownups can like again as well (mind you, some of those adults were kids when PEE WEE'S PLAYHOUSE reigned). Too bad there aren't enough funny moments during this bonafide road movie, despite Pee-Wee having a pseudo reunion with the French-yearning Cafe Waitress, played by J.D.'s daughter, Diane Salinger, here as a fancy rich woman flying a tiny airplane that causes Pee-Wee to get into a borderline dangerous entanglement where he much too easily escapes (also in other scenes) using a strange high-pitched scream, almost like a dog whistle that can actually be heard, killing all suspense and, believe it or not, the Burton original did have nail-biting moments, and Pee-Wee was certainly on a rough road instead of just an intentionally-ridiculous one, like here... All the weirdness that made Herman so special on the big screen and television now feels downright forced, and Pee-Wee himself merely seems part of the process as opposed to an oddball going against the grain... For now, the proverbial grain is a bit too... askew... And if everything is weird, nothing is weird... Or something of that nature...
|On The Road|
PEE WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY: **
PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE: ****
SOME TRIVIA: As mentioned in the review, Diane Salinger, who played Simone, Pee-Wee's waitress friend who wanted to go to France and had a boyfriend as large as the T-Rex they spend the night in, plays a different character here, an eccentric pilot named Penny King, but her last words to Pee-Wee are, like Simone's, "Au Revoir", which means "Goodbye" in French... And it's the same word spoken by the female Pee-Wee, who, along with the book club girl, is the replacement for Elizabeth Daily's Dottie i.e. pretty girls Pee-Wee dodges while, in this case, he chooses a big muscular dude to hang with • As the razzed-up DJ at Joe's party, David Arquette puts in a cameo, and yes... who cares? Answer: No one • Although this is obviously a brand new Pee-Wee who never experienced the original BIG ADVENTURE since he talks about never having left his town, Fairville, he does bring up being scared to ride a motorcycle, which made him crash in the original • One major difference of the old Pee-Wee to the new one is he didn't have a job before, and now he's a workaholic, pretty much, until Joe tells him he's working too hard... but after his BIG HOLIDAY he goes back to toiling away the hours • While the original had director Tim Burton's favorite medium as special effects in the Ray Harryhausen style stop-motion animation, the effects here, despite being thirty years later, are a bit cheap and early-90's looking, perhaps on purpose since that's when Pee-Wee pretty much... vanished • In BIG ADVENTURE, while on a payphone in Texas, Pee-Wee kickstarts a popular Texas song "The Yellow Rose of Texas" to be finished quickly by people walking around, while in BIG HOLIDAY New York he breaks into an entire song, liken to a musical; just another way of attempting to "one-up" (or pay homage to) the Tim Burton classic • As most know, this movie was made for, and by, and is streaming on Netflix along with the much better PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, which should be viewed first if you haven't seen it: But as sort of mentioned in the review, stay clear of the BIG ADVENTURE follow-up BIG TOP PEE WEE, which went all over the place, had no purpose, and made us believe a normal sized Kris Kristofferson could bang a literally one-inch-tall Susan Tyrrell... just one of many problems of that stuffed turkey.