Big Top Pee-Wee Showing a thorough misunderstanding of what made the daft 1985 comedy classic "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" so special, Big Top Pee-Wee , the follow-up replaces visionary…
DVD Review

Big Top Pee-Wee (2004)

Details Release Date: Jul 06, 2004; DVD Release Date: Jul 06, 2004; Movie Rated: PG; With: Paul Reubens

Showing a thorough misunderstanding of what made the daft 1985 comedy classic ''Pee-wee's Big Adventure'' so special, Big Top Pee-Wee, the follow-up replaces visionary director Tim Burton with hack Randal Kleiser (''Grease'') and spends way too much time on farm boy Pee-wee's romantic troubles with perky schoolmarm Penelope Ann Miller and circus acrobat Valeria Golino. There's even a comic sex scene, and while this wouldn't be the last time the words ''Pee-wee Herman'' and ''sex'' would be mentioned in the same breath, the concept is still...icky. Would that costars Kris Kristofferson and Susan Tyrrell had more to do, or that the young actor under the Dog-Faced Boy makeup -- some kid named Benicio Del Toro -- were able to flex his charisma.

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Originally posted Jul 09, 2004 Published in issue #773 Jul 09, 2004 Order article reprints