The script had me laughing throughout, so I have to say "Pee-Wee" fits the qualifications of an entertaining film. However, it underscores something about Tim Burton's oeuvre, in that his best films set their outsider heroes against a backdrop of normalcy and conservatism. Here, Pee-Wee's world is more or less just as strange and off-kilter as he is, so there's literally nothing to ground the humor (or the audience).
Burton's feature debut holds up so well 25 years on. A hilarious journey with the child-man Pee Wee Herman. The laughs are frequent with one great scene after another. A triumph of production design and an amazing Elfman score. "large marge", "remember the alamo" Mind you the line "Dottie, there are things you don't want to know about me" has a different meaning than in 1985. Great fun for kids and adults.
A balance of ying & yang, Reuben's manic style & Burton's darkly comic mood fit perfectly together. Like a modern attempt at Marx Bros, the film throws gag after gag w/o taking time to see which one lands. The film quickly charms you that by the time the studio-chase comes, you're won over. Tim Burton, please make films like your early features again? Sincerely, The World.
Pee-wee's the house, everyone else gambles. Overriding any individual hand, luck will end up swinging his way. He can't lose verbally, not because he's clever -- "I know you are, but what am I" -- but because in his 'hood no one's cleverer. His charm comes from how he crosses limits that only others perceive. The snake scene is special because Pee-wee crosses his own limits -- a small nod to unrealized adulthood.
Easily Burton's best, Ed Wood takes the silver. As story has it the film had a totally different script in place; a remake of Pollyanna, until Reubens noticed all the bicycles on set and decided he was making the wrong film. Thank god.
Good god, Pee-wee is so annoying the whole movie (especially first 15 minutes which I barely made through)!
Still, the amount of fun jokes makes it somewhat entertaining. Plus few amazing scenes, namely, break-dance in the bar, studio-chase, pet-shop rescue, and crazy overall pace of the action gives it some credit too.