Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
When his treasured bicycle is stolen, Pee-Wee Herman is devastated -- and he'll do anything to get it back. Working off a hot tip that his wheels may be stashed in the Alamo's basement, Pee-Wee sets off on a whirlwind cross-country adventure.
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- Tim Burton
- DVD and streaming
- Top 100 Laughs nominee
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
French, EnglishClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
sep. film score audio track , cast and crew information, production notes, audio commentary , trailer(s)
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Pee-Wee's quirky 1985 movie is a cult-classic among devotees of Paul Reubens' bow-tied alter ego. Although even preschoolers will likely find Pee-Wee's antics funny, there are some sinister dream sequences and near-fights that might frighten the youngest of viewers. Large Marge is especially scary. Elementary-aged kids, however, are just the right age to appreciate Pee-Wee's singular mission to find his beloved stolen red bicycle and to witness the various hilarious ways he manages to get out of scrapes without ever getting hurt.
- Sexual Content
- Dottie flirts with Pee-Wee and asks him out, but he declines. A jealous boyfriend thinks Pee-Wee is trying to steal his girl. Pee-Wee and Simon hug. In a movie-within-a-movie, the PW and Dottie (played by James Brolin and Morgan Fairchild) kiss while the real characters are finally on their date to the drive-in.
- Pee-Wee has several pratfalls and nightmares and is involved in a few cartoonish bike and foot chases. Pee-Wee and Francis wrestle underwater, and Pee-Wee holds his head under, but neither of them is injured. A jealous boyfriend is bent on catching Pee-Wee and at one point shows a gun, but no one is hurt. A car appears to crash, but again, there are no casualties. In a couple of nightmare sequences, there are visions of potentially frightening clowns, devils, and dinosaurs. Large Marge may scare younger kids.
- One use of the word "crap," the titular phrase "burn in hell" during a Twisted Sister music video, and Pee-Wee's trademark "I know you are, but what am I?"
- Social Behavior
- Not many overtly positive messages, but Pee-Wee's persistence and resilience are rewarded. Also, the perspective of a child -- as personified by Pee-Wee -- is respected.
- The Warner Bros. studio is shown (it produced the movie), as are concession candies such as Milk Duds.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A scene occurs in a biker bar. Pee-Wee dances to the song "Tequila."
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it