"Goofy But Infectious Road Trip"
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Aside from some innuendo, PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY has a pure, often goofy spirit. For instance, at a roadside snake farm, Pee-wee sees a box full of “baby rattlers,” which is full of innocent baby rattles. At one point, however, Pee-wee is carjacked by three buxom female bank robbers. At another, he runs into a farmer’s nine daughters who want to marry him. PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY has a slight Romantic worldview about breaking rules and living life, but otherwise its goofy charm is infectious.
(Ro, B, CapCap, L, V, S, N, M) Light Romantic worldview supporting living life to the fullest and breaking rules, but with some moral elements about friendship and some strong pro-capitalist elements; one use of the word “bada**”; light comical violence such as Pee-wee falls into an uncovered well, Pee-wee falls into a stream after his umbrella turns inside out, three female bank robbers tie up Pee-wee, pillow fight between three women, and three male dancers with their shirts off and wearing speedos, scary scene with cobra, Pee-wee looks into box labeled “baby rattlers,” and it turns out to be toy baby rattlers and not snakes, car chase, Pee-wee angrily breaks his toy flute after the fellows in his band want to break up the band, female bank robber kicks Pee-wee’s shins under the table so he won’t expose her and her two friends, etc.; no sex scenes, but some light innuendo when three phony policemen enter a hotel room, take off their clothes down to their speedos, start dancing, and engage in a pillow fight with three buxom women, man and woman in hot tub watch TV as news lady reports a problem Pee-wee has gotten himself into, farmer’s nine daughters want Pee-wee to marry one of them, and they bother him by knocking on his bedroom door and trying to enter, and buxom woman with tight sweater kisses Pee-wee goodbye on his cheeks and he then kisses her goodbye on her mouth, but it’s pretty chaste; upper male nudity when three men dance and engage in pillow fight with buxom girls, and some female cleavage plus buxom woman wears tight white sweater; no alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, Pee-wee encounters two effeminate male hairdressers traveling with two female hairdressers, stealing and bank robbery, women steal Amish buggy and leave behind bank money so Amish can replace buggy, and Pee-wee dreams of celebrating his new male friend’s birthday while fireworks go off behind them.
The first Pee-wee Herman movie in nearly 30 years, PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY follows him on a cross-country road trip to get to New York City in time for actor Joe Mangianiello’s birthday party. The movie has a slight Romantic worldview about breaking rules and living life, but has a goofy, innocent charm.
Pee-wee is once again living in a small town, and now has a job as a short-order cook in a diner. Yet he starts to realize that his life is going nowhere, and he’s stuck in a rut because he’s never left the town, ever. (This seems to contradict the story in 1989’s PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE.)
One day, Joe Mangianello, the actor from HBO’s TRUE BLOOD and MAGIC MIKE, rides into town on a motorcycle and walks in on Pee-wee’s job as a fry cook in a sleepy diner. He and Pee-wee seem to have a lot in common (they both love root beer barrels), and Pee-wee admires Joe’s cool behavior. Within minutes, Joe convinces Pee-wee he needs to shake up his life and invites him to come to New York City in five days to celebrate his birthday party.
Thus begins a funny, silly, inventive, and sometimes sweet road trip movie. Along the way, Pee-wee gets carjacked by three female bank robbers, chased by police with the robbers at the wheel of his car, winds up hitchhiking with a toy salesman, takes flight in a flying car with a millionaire woman, stumbles across an Amish community where he displays his amazing skills making noises with balloons, and much more.
Aside from some innuendo regarding the three female bank robbers, PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY has a pure, often goofy spirit. For instance, the toy salesman takes Pee-wee to one of his stops, a snake farm. The salesman challenges Pee-wee to look in a wooden cage marked “Baby Rattlers,” and inside to turns out there are only some toy rattles for babies. The snake farm has a coupe other goofy puns like that until Pee-wee is dared to go into a room marked “The Monster,” and he’s scared by a giant cobra lurking behind a glass. In another sequence, Pee-wee has to escape a farmer’s nine daughters, who are desperate to marry him.
PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY has a slight Romantic worldview about breaking rules and living life, but otherwise has a goofy, innocent charm that celebrates finding new friends.