Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pee-Wee's Big Holiday

Pee-Wee Herman takes a vacation in this charming but slight third film in the Pee-Wee Herman series.

Pee-Wee is in a rut. His band breaks up just as motorcycle riding bad-boy actor Joe Manganiello rides into town. Pee-Wee makes him a milkshake, and they bond over root beer candies. Deciding he needs a vacation, Pee-Wee leaves town to attend Manganiello's birthday party in the big city, and after a raucous version of One Million Bottles Of Pop On The Wall, picks up 3 hitchhiking chick bank robbers straight out of Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill, which results in traffic violations and a pillow fight. Various adventures ensue.

Not as madcap as the first film or the classic TV show, Pee-Wee's Big Holiday is light in plot, and gags seem to stretch for time. Thankfully utilizing little CGI, Peewee's Big Holiday's outrageous costumes, vintage cars and furniture, and real sets and locations seem refreshing in contrast to the cluttered, phony look of modern films. It's naive, charming, and silly, and exactly what you'd expect from a Pee-Wee Herman film.

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