Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016)

  • Time: 89 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy
  • Director: John Lee
  • Cast: Paul Reubens, Jordan Black, Doug Cox


A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.

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  • Netflix is home to some amazing Netflix Original content and majority of them have been well received. From Marvel’s Daredevil to Beasts of No Nation, Netflix has a wide range of material they cover but the one I most appreciate are the ones that bring a sense of nostalgia. That has been seen this year with their latest Original Series Fuller House and Original Film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Netflix is back again with their fourth Original Film and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday brings that sense of nostalgia perfectly for any fan of Pee-wee.

    A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger (Joe Manganiello) points Pee-wee toward his destiny — and his first-ever holiday!

    It has been four years since we have seen that light-gray plaid suit, topped with a bright red bow tie and white kicks. Four years since we have been introduced to some outrageously over-sized or miniature gadgets. It has been four years since we have seen Pee-wee go through his spectacular morning regime. Nostalgia is definitely in the building as Pee-wee’s Big Holiday is a new spin on 1991’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Fans will see the same formula being reciprocated as every new scene includes a new whacky adventure that deals with a new eccentric character to match Pee-wee’s eccentric ways.

    If you are a fan of Pee-Wee then you will find majority of the results pleasing but they also feel very familiar. Which is ironic because the movie pushes for Pee-wee to do something new and Joe Manganiello even challenges our man-child to break rules and break hearts as that’s what living life is all about.

    Does Pee-wee break any hearts? I’ll let you decide that one but rules, they are for sure not broken. Pee-wee’s Big Holiday brings that sense of nostalgia but does not bring anything new for fans of old or new. In fact, director John Lee does not make his Pee-wee Herman different from the Pee-wee we saw from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Paul Reubens is now 61-years-old (yes, I had to triple check this fact as well) and the eccentric man-child has failed to reinvent his beloved character despite reminding us why we loved him to begin with.

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