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Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Directed by Tim Burton
United States, 1985
Comedy, Fantasy


Eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman embarks on the big adventure of his life across the US mainland, as he sets out to find his beloved bike, when it is stolen in broad daylight.

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Pee-wee's Big Adventure Directed by Tim Burton
It’s enormously validating to watch Pee-wee, with his petulance, his nasal laughter, and his joie de vivre. He’s a connoisseur of camp and kitsch, ostensibly male but unbound by masculinity; ostensibly straight yet sublimely gay… Comic discipline burnishes each of the precisely calibrated punchlines that dots his westward route. It’s a model comedy, not only in terms of technique but in its ethos as well: why do anything if not for passion and for fun?
June 23, 2017
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PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE is of course the feature debut of Tim Burton, who is perhaps the perfect directorial match for Reubens’ funhouse comedy, and the film offers the curious objects, candy colors, and spoiled suburban malaise that have since become the hallmarks of Burton’s all too successful career.
June 29, 2012
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Revisiting this gloriously anarchic, ceaselessly inventive bliss machine (which I saw bits and pieces of a gazillion times in first run, working concessions at a multiplex where it played) made me realize how un-daffy—or perhaps un-Daffy—American film comedy has since become.
April 29, 2012
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