Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

James / September 16th, 2010


  • September 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Paul Reubens was arrested for playing with himself at the movies

  • DarkNeonRain

    September 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    ah yes, pee wee big adventure. I remember this movie very well. Its been a long time since i saw this one and it realy is one of the most insane film ever made. I gotta find this one on dvd

  • powerth

    September 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    this is one of my favorite movies:D

  • Jordashebasics

    September 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is one spectacular movie, and I particularly love the performances, especially Brolin’s faux Pee-Wee. Everyone is so bizarre and enthusiastic that the whole production is a joy.

    Big Top Pee Wee suffered partly because they had him making out with someone. That really broke the character.

  • xeemo

    September 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    This is a cool review., but what about the amazing larry deleted scene!?

  • Thomas101

    September 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    ‘Wild and Wacky’ ?

    More like; annoying as hell.

    I will give his movies a try this weekend. I never got the fact that you are so fond of his movies…

    They feel too much like The Cat in the Hat shit to me.


    Oh hi Mark!

  • Alldayspecial

    September 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Pee Wee’s the man. The fact that he came back into the limelight rules, what with his numerous talk show appearances, going to the Sturgis Biker Rally this year and his announcement of doing a show on Broadway is awesome.

  • September 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Great review, man.

    Large Marge was so unbelievably scary to me as a kid. I can’t really explain it. As an adult, it’s still a surprising moment – but also just really funny. But back then it terrified me.

  • September 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    It’s great you mentioned Tim Burton’s Vincent. It is my favorite short movie ever.

  • lartrak2

    September 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Hey James – if you didn’t know, it looks like a new Pee-Wee Herman film is coming. There’s been rumors for years, but with Judd Apatow behind it looks like it will really happen now.

    I’m glad, as Paul Reubens is a really talented comedian. His career didn’t deserve to go into the toilet for so long.

  • GoldRoger

    September 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm


    Thanks James !!

  • WillWill

    September 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    “… and when they finally pulled the driver’s body from the twisted, burning wreck, it looked like THIS!”…

    haha… this movie’s a classic.

  • M3n747

    September 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I’ve never seen this film and to be honest – after watching your review I want to stay as far away from it as humanly possible. Seriously, to me PeeWee looks like Mr Bean’s retarded brother.

  • encey

    September 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Awesome. I am proud to admit I was Pee-wee for Halloween in middle school.

  • Syph

    September 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    This is easily the most unexpectedly good movie ever made. By any logic it should never have worked but it’s one of my favorite movies of all time, as if saying “Screw logic! We’ve got everything!”

  • Syph

    September 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm


    Actually, Mr. Bean didn’t come around until the 90’s so if anything Atkinson copied Reubens’ character.

  • Mr. Arkadin

    September 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I pity the fool who don’t eat my cereal!

  • horrorfanboy

    September 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Awesome, James! This is a classic!

  • Butch Bitch

    September 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    AMEN! I grew up with this goddamn movie! It’s FABULOUS!

    Pee Wee was right when people said everyone has this big but in their life. Let’s talk about YOUR big but, James.

  • davenintendonerd

    September 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    the first time i saw pee wee was this movie and large marge scared the living day light out of me

  • September 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    That’s the dinosaur from The Wizard right?
    Anyway, that guy is way too noisy, got headaches from this review already

  • rossbosstx

    September 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    five years ago and 2 months before holloween i was flippin channels and saw pee wees big adventure was on .i started watching it thinking that would be a great costume,but i would need to have the voice down,well with a litle work i had it and on holloween i went to austin as PEE WEE and boy was it a hit i had over 500 pictures taken with five years later eveyone still wants to see PEE WEE .well thank you james I think it’s time to strap on my red bow tie ,put on my white shoes, dust off my red bike and give the people what they want .I allways swore i would never redo any chareter i’ve done, but since your a fan like many others, and you shell out such enjoyment for others this year PEE WEE comes BACk. sorry freddy mercury maybe next year.-rossboss

  • rossbosstx

    September 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    must add this . on the holloween i dressed as pee wee me and some friends went to the drafthouse to atch rocky horror.I was in the theater before i realalized oh shit im pee wee and in a like Pee wee i decided to have fun with it saying in my authentic pee wee voice “does anyone want to sit next to MEEE’?

  • rossbosstx

    September 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    question did pee wee herman ever have his own game? just thinkin if he did i would be confortable dreesing as him for sgc 2011.fair warning thouth to all those nerds there,no one and i mean no one can out smacktalk PEE WEE.he’s perfected it.

  • windowlicker

    September 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    This has gotta be my most nostalgic childhood movie… every scene and prop is so distinct that it just brings you back.

    I love that we get to see Reubens as Pee-Wee again; 25 years older you can hardly tell!

  • FunnyBoo

    September 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I was beginning to wonder if you already had a review of this movie, but I was wrong!

  • September 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Movie looks weird as shit… wait, that’s Tim Burton, so why am I so surprised?

  • Arouth

    September 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I want to see this movie. I MUST OWN that movie!!!!

  • September 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    How do I not own that movie!!!! I’ve seen it countless times. Gotta hit BestBuy this weekend.

  • September 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Somebody just mentioned “Tell ’em Large Marge sent ya” on Facebook the other day. Wild coincidence. Great review by the way!

  • brandon_w

    September 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    dont worry james… large marge scared the shit out of me as a child too. Matter of fact that big bitch still scares me. lol

  • nammm3

    September 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Lol, when i was little, i did NOT like the movie much but my goodness, when he ran into the Godzilla studio… that made it ALL up!:-D

  • StandingCow

    September 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I loved this movie as a kid, probably watched it hundreds of times…. and yea, that large marge part freaked me the fuck out as a kid. I think I might get it to watch again after seeing your review.

    You should do a review of harry and the hendersons next.

  • thegrb93

    September 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    What the hell is that pinned on amazing larry’s suit????

  • volt28

    September 18, 2010 at 1:15 am

    LOl Pee Wee was my favorite as a kid. It was so imaginative and awesome. And I wanted a bike like his.
    Who wasn’t scared by Large Marge???
    I don’t think you have done it but please review The Labyrinth. I love this movie and have seen it more times then I can count. I cant wait to share it with my niece and nephew.

  • September 18, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I loved watching this movie as a kid and that part with big marge freaked me out too. One of my favorite scene’s is when pee wee gives Francis the gum that makes his mouth all black.

  • Darth House

    September 18, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Haha awesome.

    Whenever people put down Pee Wee, my response is always “Fuck you, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure!”

    ..and who hasn’t masturbated in public at least once.

  • September 18, 2010 at 4:03 am

    How I HATE this movie! It’s one of the worst and most embarrassingly childish movies I have ever seen! This is an abomination and should never have been made in the first place! This movie is so awful that it’s worthy of a Nostalgia Critic review!

  • DannyOpenFire

    September 18, 2010 at 5:09 am

    James or Mike, isn’t it about time you review “Covent” from American Movie? On my DVD version of it, you can actually watch covent in the special features…I don’t know, I just thought it would be an interesting idea

  • Filmmassacre

    September 18, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Bought for 30KR here in Sweden that’s about 4 dollars in USA
    the movie is pretty screwed and the plot is so simple xD
    it was worth every money one of my favorite movies!

  • Mattashell

    September 18, 2010 at 5:39 am

    That’s no octopus! That’s Willy Water Bug!

  • strint519

    September 18, 2010 at 5:46 am

    James you just scored another 5000 points in my book with that review. I totally remember the Pee-Wee era. Reading over these comments I’m so glad to find out that I wasn’t that only kid that literally shit their pants from the Large Marge scene….It honestly scarred me. Looking back at it a few years ago I had a good laugh over it all. Anywho Pee-Wee rocked, from his show, to his movies, to all of his cameo appearences. My favorite would have to be when he is getting arrested in Cheech and Chong and he is going off the handle. First time I ever heard him drop F bombs. Awesome review, thanks.

  • September 18, 2010 at 6:15 am

    That sprinkler was actually a Willi the Waterbug, I had one of those growing up.

  • September 18, 2010 at 6:32 am

    What a great movie. I think I saw this one at the drive-in when it came out. Yeah, that ‘Large Marge’ scene really freaked me out as a kid.

  • Steven

    September 18, 2010 at 8:21 am

    There’s a deleted scene that has Amazing Larry’s back story. I’ve uploaded it to YouTube.

  • September 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

    thank you nerd for doing this movie justice .its been one of my favorites for a long time now. i grew up with peewee herman and i have the series on dvds now. and i love how tim burton directed this too. keep em coming nerd. ill watch everything you make!

  • caleb

    September 18, 2010 at 9:49 am

    james, actually it seems u are not quite willing to do this review. it sounds like u are just reading some scripts. No emotion, no enuthiasm, no joke, nothing.

  • Syph

    September 18, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for the link Steven, I can see why this didn’t make the cut though, and I kinda like how before he was just some random weird guy. Also, what’s up with all the hate from people here? Childish? Obviously these people don’t understand that it HAS to be childish. That’s what Pee-wee is all about. You really have to understand the concept to understand the appeal I suppose.

  • Swedish Video Game Nerd

    September 18, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Shame he(Pee-Wee) will always be remembered first and foremost for jacking off in a porn theater…

  • avgnfan96

    September 18, 2010 at 10:48 am

    i love Pee Wee’s Big Adventure too

  • September 18, 2010 at 11:32 am

    In the top 10 of my all-time movie list.

    You didn’t mention the music. Isn’t it Danny Elfman? Aren’t you a Danny Elfman guy? THE SCORE IS UNBELIEVABLE! ABSOLUTLEY AMAZING!!

  • suolperos

    September 18, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    After watching this review I decided to watch the movie myself (for the first time in about 17 years or so!). I just finished it. It’s funny, as a kid I remember really disliking this movie… a lot. It was just too much I guess – too weird and creepily childish. Watching it now, I loved it! It was fuckin’ hysterical chaos from beginning to end! My, how tastes change. There are lots of jokes and references that 8-year-olds don’t readily notice or know much about. Other movies like The Muppet Movie, Ninja Turtles, and some other perceived “kid’s movies” from that era are like that.

  • MotherfuckerAndy

    September 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Got my tickets to see Pee Wee’s Playhouse on broadway…. I’m Psyched!! I can’t beleive all these years later I’m actually going to see Pee Wee in person…

  • Rockymyowen

    September 19, 2010 at 1:25 am

    I wish I would be remembered for jacking off in a porn theater.

  • OldStuffFan

    September 19, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I saw this movie as a kid but I didn’t know that Tim Burton made it! I hope it will come out on DVD in Germany soon because after this good review I wanna see it again!

    Thanks, James, for bringing back a childhood memory! You’re the man!

  • stivillword

    September 19, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    You’re absolutely right; this movie can only get better with age. I can think a lot of things I loved as a kid that didn’t age so well but this Pee Wee’s Big adventure is still just as good (if not better than) when I first saw it.

    When I started watching the review, I was wondering when/if you’d comment on the Large Marge scene, which is also still creepy as fuck to me.

    I always enjoy reading your reviews, James; it’s always nice to see your take on familiar titles, as well ones that are less known to me.

    Keep them coming.


  • Rodimus440

    September 20, 2010 at 1:27 am


  • September 20, 2010 at 11:07 am

    That must be how it feels to do GHB.

  • September 20, 2010 at 11:15 am

    This movie is one surreal, cartoonish piece of art. I’m going to watch it again right now.


    September 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Just like it’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World and a Christmas Story, this movie made zero impact on international markets. It was never aired on TV or released on VHS or DVD in the Netherlands. The character is completely unfamiliar to me and even though he is referenced in popular media (Family Guy for example) we simply miss the joke completely or assume it’s original.

  • striljr

    September 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    seriously you gotta review Goonies! it’s such an 80’s nostalgic classic! well, maybe not classic, but it does have alot of nostalgic value!

  • Syph

    September 20, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    No, I think most would agree that Goonies is a classic. It’s simple and predictable but it really holds up well and makes you feel like a kid again when you watch it.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    September 21, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Thanks for the review on this James. You brought up some things I never knew before. For one, I didn’t know this was a Tim Burton movie or that Paul Rubens did the Pee-Wee act before the tv show, and I thought the movie came about because of the show, not the other way around!

    The more you know! 😀

  • naptha

    September 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    That Large Marge scene always made me think of the end of “UHF”. You know? Philo?

  • September 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    This movie is a frigin classic, I grew up watching this movie and still quote it to this very day. The show I remember loving but somehow I thought the show came out before the movie…I had no concept of time back then…or now lol. There were a lot of terrifying scenes in this movie that gave me nightmares back then…like you said, Large Marge in the truck and the scariest part for me (not sure why) was when Pee Wee first discovered his bike was stolen and the clown statue he had chained it to had this evil smile and laugh, that scared the hell outta me. Yet somehow, I kept coming back.

    I wish they’d make more movies like this, just so random and hilarious. It doesn’t make much sense at times but that’s what makes it so funny. My favorite scene would have to be when he breaks into Warner Bros studio and gets his bike back (the chase scene). Otherwise, one of the funniest scenes is when he meets the bum on the train and Simone’s boyfriend Andy LOL.

  • razorath92

    September 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Pee-wee, Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida. The arrest set off a chain reaction of national media attention that changed the general public’s view of Reubens and Pee-wee.

    Did this actually happen?

  • September 27, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I love James, he is my idol, so I created this:

  • Paulus

    September 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Let me know when you go back to doing the AVGN James.

    No offense and I love your work but there seems to be a movie review every 5 minutes on this site atm =(.

  • Darth Jono

    September 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Nice, and your right james its hard to do it justice in a review, especially if you watched it as a kid. I felt the same.

  • Schloss Ritter

    October 2, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Large Marge’s monster face still freaks me out. I used to even have to look away every time that part was coming up, even though my imagination filled in the image anyway.

  • aplayaz2000

    October 6, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I saw this movie because of James. Very enjoyable.

  • phoenix252005

    October 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Pee-Wee was my all-time favorite when I was a kid. I watched the show religiously and couldn’t get enough of him! Then He turned perv and my childhood was over…so sad…LONG LIVE TH NERD!!

  • Linkereto

    October 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I love Pee Wee’s adventures too!

  • Crowbar

    October 27, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Holy shit, was that Burn in Hell?
    Hot damn, it is Burn in Hell. So that’s where the Dimmu Borgir-Cover came from.

    I wonder if the movie was released here in Germany, because now I so want to see it 😀

  • Snafu

    November 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hey James, have you ever heard of a film called “Freaknik: The Musical”?

  • Ka4o90901

    November 17, 2010 at 3:26 am

    James do a review on the SAW movies

  • November 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

    This movie was on TV a lot back in the day, too. Even on the small screen Large Marge was hard not to turn away from.

  • LennyReno

    November 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Still, this question will always remain unanswered in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Who is Amazing Larry? What does he do that makes him amazing? I always wanted to think that Amazing Larry was a homeless small town local magician that has a problem with hallucinogens, STD’s, and the local economy.

  • November 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    This is probably one of the greatest movies ever! I remember I had trouble sleeping for several nights after seeing this moive, because Large Marge kept popping into my head. That’s probably one of the scariest scenes in a movie ever, because it was so unexpected.

  • rebelnyell

    November 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    if you have the dvd version and watch the bonus features/deleted scenes you will know who amazing larry is. Pee Wee initially meets him in the magic shop. There amazing larry shows him some tricks. I don’t recall how this progresses but eventually Pee Wee suggests that he gets a haircut like a teen punk rocker seen though the window/door of the shop. Initially Amazing Larry has just a normal looking haircut that is why it is pretty funny when you see him later in the movie during the scene shown.

  • darkpatriot85

    November 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I think the clown doctors is where the ICP got their look from.

  • Lort

    November 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I’ve seen this movie so many times, I have it memorized. It’s one of the few movies from my childhood that is every bit as funny as the first time I saw it.

    It’s just like a giant cable-knit sweater that keeps knitting, and knitting, and knitting, and…

  • December 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Yeah, I just recently got to see the deleted scenes on the DVD. Amazing Larry, and his flying hair. It also answered a question that had been troubling me for years… Just what exactly is a boomerang bow-tie? (It turns out, it’s good for distracting studio security.)

  • zombiecannibaldeath

    May 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Tell em Large Marge sent you.. Got that scared the fuck out of me as a child. Great movie! 😀

  • obliterator

    June 17, 2011 at 12:52 am

    This movie is absolutely amazing, it’s like a million things happens all the time and the art direction of burton is supreme. One of my favorite 80’s flicks.

  • September 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Large Marge scared the piss out of me when I was little! Also, this movie made me want to get prank gum more than anything in the world.

  • KeithEllwood

    September 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Large Marge use to scare the crap out of me. Had to close my eyes at that part

  • Solid Muldoon

    October 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    This is in my Top Ten favorite films of all time. It never gets old. It never fails to make me laugh out loud.

    “There are things about me you wouldn’t understand. Things you couldn’t understand. Things you SHOULDN”T understand.”

  • DonSkiver

    November 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I fucking LOVE this movie. It has everything a good adventure movie needs. The locations, the soundtrack, the characters, its fucking incredible. I can’t wait until I have kids of my own and can show this movie to them.

  • November 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    This movie was on TV a lot back in the days

  • rushkid2112

    December 9, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I always thought pee-wee was for little kids. Kinda like Sesame Street.

  • AVGN Lover

    December 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    pee wee is epic

  • realgtro

    February 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I kinda see Rowan Atkinson finding inspiration in this character for Mr Bean. Gotta see this movie!

  • March 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    That’s a badass movie. Was talking about it some days ago.

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