Big Top Pee-Wee

1988 PG 1h 25m DVD

Big Top Pee-Wee

1988 PG 1h 25m DVD
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Pee-Wee Herman joins the circus when a giant storm deposits a big-top tent -- and the menagerie to go with it -- in his front yard. Now it's up to Pee-Wee, the animals and a troupe of circus performers to put on the best show the town's ever seen.
Paul Reubens, Penelope Ann Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Valeria Golino, Wayne White, Susan Tyrrell, Albert Henderson, Jack Murdock, David Byrd, Mary Jackson, Frances Bay, Leo Gordon, Anne Seymour, Kenneth Tobey, Jay Robinson, Benicio Del Toro
Randal Kleiser
Widescreen 1.85:1, Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that while the plot of this movie is uninspired, children -- as well as adult fans of the peculiar cult character -- will enjoy seeing Paul Reubens back in his trademark red bow tie. Still, you're better off checking out Pee-wee's Big Adventure. The video is also hindered by what seems to be the wrong director at the helm. This mildly entertaining story is short on energy and excitement. Only Danny Elfman's exhilarating score maintains its enthusiasm throughout. But kids may like it. Its non-threatening circus people, a talking pig, and the peculiar lure of Pee-Wee himself should be enough to interest 6- to 8-year-olds. Older kids and preteens will enjoy the goofy story and odd characters.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Not applicable


Not applicable

Social Behavior

An unusually libidinous Pee-Wee doesn't have the courtesy to break off his engagement before he starts kissing circus folk.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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