Pee-wee's Big Holiday

A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday.


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  • ★★★½ review by Arielrocks5 on Letterboxd

    Sorry for the lack of content you'd usual expect from me around the week and such. I've been down in Washington D.C and I've been spending a lot of time with my family and such, so I wasn't really able to watch a whole lot.

    But now I'm back home in East Islip, NY and I'll be getting back on track soon! Expect that "E.T." review Friday! Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah! Back a couple weeks ago I rewatched "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" in preparation for this and, well here it is!

    Honestly I didn't know what exactly to expect from this. On one hand, I thought it seemed pretty funny from the trailers. But on the other, after rewatching "Big Adventure", I was worrying that this would just fall into the trappings of repeating old gags for the sake of nostalgia.

    But to my surprise, in spite of definitely retreading old grounds, "Pee-Wee's Big Holiday" turned out to be a lot of fun!

    Story? Simple! Pee-Wee Herman ends up becoming friends with Joe Manganiello (Yes, that guy) and then ends up going on a road trip for his birthday party in New York City. And then hijinks ensue!

    Okay, I'm just going to say this upfront, if you don't find this character funny in the slightest, then this will most likely be the most painful viewing experience you'll have all year. But, if you're like me and many others who do find him funny, then you're in for a pretty fun movie!

    Granted it looks terrible thanks to bland cinematography and set design which is really distracting after viewing as something as visually appealing as Tim Burton's original not too long ago, but thankful it manages to make up for it thanks in part to Paul Reubens still having game to do this character with the same amount of child like joy and humor he did over thirty years ago.

    And also due to the fact that even if most of the jokes in here don't land as hard as they did in the original, it still manages to pull out a laugh out loud moment every now and then. (The dream sequences had me in tears along with a reference to one of Joe's recent films if you know what I mean.)

    I'm kinda struggling to find stuff to say about it, but I can't really think of much aside from saying if it seems up your ally and something you'd get a good laugh out of, check it out on Netflix. If not, avoid it like the pelage. Seems simple enough.

    Much like the film, haha!

    Nothing ground breaking and probably won't be showing up near the top of my best of this year, but never the less and constantly entertaining ride from start to finish. Even if it takes a bit of a bumpy path in the second act.

    Also, sorry again if reviews will be coming in a lot less often that usual since I think I'm kinda running dry on words. Hopefully with Friday I'll have a lot to say or I'll watch something either so good or bad that it will get me back in my groove.

    Oh, and for those wondering what I was going to do for reaching 400 followers. Well, I'm sadly thinking I might have waited too long to do it since I'm very close to hitting 500. Unless you guys really want me to it, then I'm game, haha.

    But never the less, I wanna thank you all for the constant support and love these last couple of months. My reviews have been exploding all over the place and I'm being followed by some of the most followed users on the site. This is insane, but I'm so grateful for it!

    You guys are the best! See ya all later down the line whatever happens next, haha. :)

  • ★★★½ review by Hollie Horror on Letterboxd

    If I was trapped in a well and my friends and family heard that the woman inside only asked for rootbeer barrels, they too would know it was me. It was really great watching Pee-Wee in a new movie, but it was even better to know that I'm not alone in my love of old people candy. Someone send me a box full, please!

  • ★★★★ review by Gazelle Garcia on Letterboxd


    19/30 for my SXSW2016

    Pee-wee is back and he's not here for twerking and selfies. Paul Reubens succeeds where so many of our old favorites have failed us during this wave of nostalgia for quick cash. With no wasted effort at bringing Pee-wee to the modern age, Reubens, Apatow, and first time director John Lee bring back the beloved classic spirit in a story with lots of 80s charm. It's perfect for Netflix, allowing his audience to come to him. Big Holiday blatantly ignore the continuity set by Big Adventure and on top of that almost actively avoids throw backs, besides Pee-wee himself and his old habits. Don't expect a cringe-worthy 2 hour attempt at rehashing old one liners. While the packed house at Paramount was giddy and overjoyed I don't think there will be any gut busting moments for those watching alone or with a small group at home, but I was smiling the entire time.

  • ★★★★ review by Jeff on Letterboxd

    Probably not a 4-star movie, but my almost-4-year-old and I laughed a lot.

  • ★★★½ review by Mr. DuLac on Letterboxd

    Encyclopedia, pimple and uh... hairball.

    -Pee-wee Herman

    It's only March but I would find it hard to believe that a better romantic film will come out this year than this one. The Pee-Wee Herman/Joe Manganiello romance is cinematic genius.

    63 year old Paul Reubens is back as Pee-Wee and he hasn't lost a step. It's a perfect throwback with hardly any attempt at modernizing anything, which is the way it should be. Nonsensical, ridiculous and absurd. Idiotic to some, comedic genius to others.

    Also discovered that all I need to be entertained is Paul Reubans with a balloon.

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