Big Top Pee-Wee
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A semi-follow-up to the successful PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, this film finds Pee-Wee living on a farm with a talking pig and lots of other animals. He's studying agriculture now and might even have invented the first Hot Dog tree. Then one day, the circus literally falls into his backyard and Pee-Wee and his newfound friends attempt to develop a creative new show in order to win over the uninterested town people. At the same time, Pee-Wee falls for one of the circus' hottie trapeze artists.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If anything, this film answers the age-old question: what ever happened to the dude who directed GREASE? (Randal Kleiser) It also comes up with a new question that involves the whereabouts of actress Penelope Ann Miller, who seemed to be on a roll around the time of this film's release (she's now stuck in the land of TV movies) Also, for anyone interested in seeing Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro's first movie role ever, rent this movie and wait for the part of Duke the Dog-Faced Boy to come around. No joke, folks...everyone's gotta start somewhere and Del Toro shows that he's not an acting snob by taking on this very small and goofy role. All that said, this movie sucks. I liked PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE as much as the next guy, but this film just didn't cut it.
With very little actual story, laughs, energy, pace or interest, not much about this film was entertaining, other than the lead character of Pee-Wee Herman, who has always managed to make me smile, even in dreck like this. The first 10 minutes of the movie focuses solely on his character walking around a farm, speaking to his animals, one of which even speaks back! That's right, an unfunny, uncharming pig. For some reason, the screenplay co-written by PeeWee himself also doesn't have any plotline to speak of, other than a circus coming to town and wanting to set up shop. A romance of sorts is also tossed in there, but between me and you, do we really watch Pee-Wee Herman movies to see the man make out with chicks? I don't think so! The lovely Valeria Golino helps matters somewhat by prancing around in short skirts, but an aimless 80-minutes later, I can't say that much about this film entertained me at all. Rent PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE again or watch repeats of his TV show. This follow-up can easily be skipped.
A bootleg copy of actor Paul Reubens jerking off in a porno theater. Just kidding. No extras to speak of.
Very disappointing, both as a film and in terms of any extras. Other than Paul Reubens' own extra-curricular problems outside the realm of movie-making, this sequel to the original Tim Burton rendition of Pee-Wee on the big screen provides a good idea on why this character didn't continue making motion pictures. I wish they would have created cooler, funner adventures for Pee-Wee to get into (although there's talk of a possible new movie nowadays), as opposed to this lame "let's put Pee-Wee on a farm and let the fun happen" story outline, so that the series could have taken on a life of its own. After this unfortunate follow-up, it's no wonder PeeWee was grounded for so long.