Pee-wee's Big Holiday

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The simple story is a little short on laughs, but there's plenty of sweet wackiness for Pee-Wee Herman fans to enjoy.

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Movie Info

A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) to take his first-ever holiday.

Cast & Crew

Paul Reubens
Pee-wee Herman
Joe Manganiello
Joe Manganiello
Brad William Henke
Grizzly Bear Daniels
John Lee
Director
Paul Reubens
Screenwriter
Paul Rust
Screenwriter
Joshua Church
Executive Producer
Richard Vane
Executive Producer
Mark Mothersbaugh
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Tim Orr
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Jeff Buchanan
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Critic Reviews for Pee-wee's Big Holiday

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (9)

  • We should've had a new Pee-wee movie years ago; this one's a tad uneven, but all in all, it'll do.

    April 9, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The adventure which ensues has as much nuttiness as you would expect, even if it lacks the innovative governing vision that Burton brought to the original.

    March 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Reubens and company have carefully crafted 99 minutes of kooky new material that will make you feel like a kid again.

    March 23, 2016 | Full Review…

    Kristy Puchko

    Pajiba
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  • It's like one of the so-so "Muppets" movies, where you're happy to see the characters back on screen again, yet slightly impatient that they've forgotten to bring enough jokes.

    March 21, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A disappointing rehash of Pee-wee's 1985 film debut. Netflix subscribers may find it skim-worthy.

    March 19, 2016 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • Nirvana for Pee-wee fans ...

    March 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pee-wee's Big Holiday

  • May 17, 2016
    Social media allows people to feel connected to an old friend without actually interacting with them and realizing that your only true connection to them stems from 20 or 30 years ago. Audiences will find themselves in a similar situation with Pee-wee's Big Holiday, a well-intentioned but joke-lite continuation of Reubens' now-iconic character, Pee-wee Herman. Seeing the perpetual boy-child again with all of his zaniness intact feels like a warm greeting at the outset. Soon however, without much of a story to go on, the movie relies on gags...of which, this Judd-Apatow-produced comedy comes up a bit short. Still, there are amble points to enjoy about the latest adventures of Pee-wee even if this go-round isn't an out-and-out holiday. In this PG-rated comedy (available for streaming on Netfliix), a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger (Manganiello) inspires Pee-wee Herman (Reubens) to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Still spot-on with the character, Reubens delights in every scene and his co-writer, Paul Rust (Netflix's Love), helps to keep the adventure feeling authentically Pee-weed. Part of you wishes that your last Herman memory remained his Big Adventure, which is nostalgically kept under the Big Top in the Playhouse in your mind...part of you, mind. Your other parts hold hope that, having nailed the character and tone of a beloved 30-year old franchise here, the next Big venture might employ more laughs both wacky and, sometimes, appropriately acerbic. Bottom line: Dearth Takes a Holiday
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2016
    Pee-wee's Big Holiday is certainly similar to the 1985 classic, but it's so much fun seeing Paul Reubens playing the great character again that you get over it quickly. The jokes are ridiculous but lighthearted and fun. I laughed and had a big smile on my face throughout the film. So glad Netflix decided to give us back a little Pee-wee.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2016
    Paul Reubens returns to kick a dead horse yet again. Passed-by by his friends and feeling bored he decides to road trip New York City. Along the way: kooky kharacters aplenty. Only for the youngest of your young.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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