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Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016)

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

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John Lee

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Reubens ... Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
Jordan Black ... Yul / Party Coordinator (voice)
Doug Cox ... Mr. Murgatroyd
Linda Porter ... Mrs. Rose
Monica Horan ... Ruby the Crossing Guard
Brian Palermo ... Marvin
Katherine VanderLinden ... Emily
Tara Buck ... Beverly
John H. Mayer ... Pharmacist
Richard Riehle ... Dan
Dave Power ... Dudley
Josh Meyers ... Sylvester
Corey Craig ... Clovis
Paul Rust ... Ernie
Robert R. Shafer ... Construction Worker (as Bobby Ray Shafer)
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A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first holiday ever in this epic story of friendship and destiny.

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He Is Back!


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Дом игрушек Пи-ви See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Pee-wee's blue car is an Italian "Fiat 600" (early model). See more »

Goofs

Just before Joe drives away from Pee-wee's house, Joe is heard saying, "you got a choice to make." However, his lips only read, "you got a choice." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pee-wee Herman: [sitting on a log in the dark woods] Wow, I can't believe we're already saying goodbye.
Voice of Yul: It's been great getting to know you, Pee-wee Herman. Earth sure is a great planet. Your art, music, pizza...
Pee-wee Herman: You sure took to the customs fast.
Voice of Yul: Thanks for showing them to me.
Pee-wee Herman: I've loved these last two weeks.
Voice of Yul: I wish I didn't have to go.
Pee-wee Herman: Me, too.
Voice of Yul: Come with me, back to my planet. Meet my family and friends. Live with me.
Pee-wee Herman: I can't. I need to stay here with the people of Earth.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The "Pee-Wee Pictures" logo from Pee-Wee's Playhouse appears at the beginning of the film. See more »

Connections

Follows Big Top Pee-wee (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

New York
Written by Ken Darby and Lionel Newman
Performed by Paul Reubens (as Pee-wee Herman)
Additional Lyrics by Paul Reubens & Paul Rust
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If you loved Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, you'll like Big Holiday
18 March 2016 | by mernie9See all my reviews

Disclaimer: I love Pee-Wee! And yet I recognize that there are many otherwise fine people in the world that don't get him.

"If you love him so much, why don't you marry him?"

(I wish ~ swoon)

"Big Adventure", which I believe was Pee-Wee's best production, was released in 1985, 31 years ago. (And Pee-Wee hasn't aged a bit. Amazing.) If you ask me, that movie had some very high points (anything with Francis, the Alamo scene, and of course, the biker bar scene) but also a few scenes that weren't all that, like the pet store fire and the creepy clown scene. After one watch of Big Holiday, I didn't think there were any scenes that could rival the biker bar scene from "Big Adventure." But that's an awfully high bar. At the same time, "Big Holiday" didn't have any scenes that disappointed me. Overall, I'd say it was a wash.

In "Big Holiday" Pee-Wee is content living in small town Fairville. That all changes when Joe Manganiello (playing himself) arrives in town and visits the diner where Pee-Wee works. Joe has the "wow" factor, and after the guys talk a bit, they realize they have a connection. Except Joe is worldly, and Pee-Wee not so much, admitting that he's afraid to leave Fairville. Joe prods Pee-Wee, inviting him to his upcoming birthday party in 5 days, and further insists that he drive across the country for the full experience.

Once Pee-Wee leaves Fairville, it has that "Big Adventures" feel, except instead of the Alamo, Pee-Wee is heading to Joe's New York City penthouse apartment. Like "Big Adventures", Pee-Wee runs into a number of interesting characters along the way, getting into (and getting out of) some awkward predicaments, changing his mode of transportation, but always bound for NYC.

In Pee-Wee's world, the characters all seem to be quirky but also squeaky clean. Even the nefarious characters still enjoy a sense of innocence. This movie is a bit of a diversion from that formula, because Joe plays the straight man. Joe shares Pee-Wee's infectious traits, his ability to see the world in "glass half full" terms, as well as his delightful sense of wonder. But he's also brimming with "machismo" and "cool". That fusion is brilliant, and I can't imagine there could be anyone else to play the role of Pee-Wee's new friend than Joe Manganiello.


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