Pee-wee Herman returns to the screen with his first feature film in nearly 30 years, according to Vox. And Netflix is the one to thank for Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, which premiered on the streaming platform last Friday.
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The new movie about Pee-wee Herman is directed by John Lee and produced by Judd Apatow, best known for his films The 40‑Year‑Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Trainwreck. According to the plot, Pee-wee leaves his hometown of Fairville to go on a cross-country trip through America.
The film also features such actors as David Arquette, one of the stars of the Scream movie franchise, as well as Alia Shawkat, known for her role in Arrested Development. A fun fact for Joe Manganiello’s fans is the actor is playing himself in the movie. Pee-wee’s Big Holiday is the first Pee-wee Herman film since 1988.
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And while some fans think that the new film could be titled Pee-wee’s Second Big Adventure following his 1985 film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, the reason Pee-wee, played by Paul Reubens, goes on his cross-country journey is because he wants to attend Manganiello’s birthday party in New York City.
The new Pee-wee Herman film has a few silly details such as the fact that while Fairville is stuck in early 1962 by the looks of the town, as well as the cars driving through it, New York City is depicted in its modern-day look, as noted by Michigan Live‘s blogger, John Serba.
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Pee-wee Herman, with his bow tie and flood pants, definitely stands out from the crowd in New York City. And as noted by Serba, the move to include all those “wackos” Pee-wee stumbles across throughout his journey was a good idea.
In particular, a traveling salesman with his silly jokes, as well as three female bank robbers who appear several times throughout the movie.
But Pee-wee Herman’s fear of girls is what makes the movie bring back nostalgia memories from the ’80s. And it never gets old, as producers and the director have introduced a variety of fresh awkward situations revolving around Pee-wee’s inability to be confident around girls.
But it seems that Pee-wee Herman has quite a lot of fun even without girls in his life. In the new Netflix film, the character gets the opportunity to ride in a flying car and spend quite an unforgettable night in the barn of a farmer. Serba also noted that Pee-wee Herman is “almost sexless.”
“My desire to know exactly how Pee-wee’s psyche functions was squelched by the thought that the mystery of his true nature is part of his appeal. Also that the contents of his mind may be way darker than I could handle.”
And although Pee-wee Herman mentions early in the movie that he has never left Fairville and has no intentions of doing so, Serba recalled Pee-wee’s trip to the Alamo to return his bicycle in 1985’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.
But Pee-wee Herman changes his mind with the help of his new friend Manganiello, who brings back the good ol’ Pee-wee with his corny puns and awkwardness from the depression inspired by the split of his own rock ‘n’ roll band.
But it’s Pee-wee Herman’s cross-country journey that truly brings back the favorite character of hundreds of thousands of fans around the world. As noted by Serba, Pee-wee “feels like a weird old friend,” and he is back to “tickle our funny bones and coccyxes and cockles after a long time away.”
Pee-wee Herman was first introduced on screen in 1980’s Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, and then in 1985, the character starred in his own feature film titled Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.
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