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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.


John Lee





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)


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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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Snake Farm sequence is based on the country song "Snake Farm" by Ray Wylie Hubbard. Pee-Wee's big adventure also has a sequence based on a country song. See more »


When Pee-wee pours the milk into the steel cup much of it misses and goes all over his hand and presumably the counter below, but in the next shot there is no mess. When Pee-wee puts the milkshake he made in the cup on the counter it is not quite full but is near the top of the glass when it is being slid down the counter to Joe. See more »


[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 »


222 Late
Written by Simone Sello and Rich Dickerson
Performed by Amber Lily
Courtesy of Media Creature Properties
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The Best of the Pee-Wee Films
18 March 2016 | by dostoevsky1111See all my reviews

Perhaps this is sacrilege, but I found Pee-Wee's Big Holiday to be the best of his three films. (I agree that the biker-bar scene from Big Adventure is the best individual scene—but this film is more consistent in tone and execution.) Pee Wee's goal is to get to Joe Manganiello's birthday party in New York City after the two bond over milkshakes and root-beer barrels in Pee Wee's home town of Fairville.

All we know is that Pee-Wee never has left home and that NYC is a long way east. Joe zooms back to his penthouse in Manhattan on his motorcycle. After looking for a sign as to whether or not to go cross-country to New York (and being hit on the head by a Big Apple), Pee Wee hops in his car and is immediately kidnapped by three female bank robbers (Pepper, Freckles, and Bella, aka Pee-Wee). He's left tied up in a hotel room in the middle of nowhere—but he hitches a ride east with a traveling salesman vending the sort of gag gifts that Pee-Wee finds irresistible.

Pee-Wee's misadventures en route to NYC all are amusing and clever. There is an overt theme of friendship and tolerance, as well as an underlying theme of homosexuality being a-okay—but this latter is embodied in a sly and funny way. Whether Paul Reubens himself is gay or bi- scarcely matters—and Pee-Wee himself encounters several would-be girlfriends along the way, including Bella.

For me, the encounter with an Amish community entertained by Pee-Wee's balloon antics was the best scene in the film—perhaps because I'm from Pennsylvania. The action never flags, and the large cast is consistently strong. Pee-Wee's punning is scintillating throughout.

Let's hope Paul Reubens soon will host Saturday Night Live in character. His perpetuation of Pee-Wee in 2016 is utterly on-target and satisfying.

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