Big Top Pee-wee ★★★

Following up on the inspired lunacy of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure was certainly not going to be an easy task. And losing the unique style of director Tim Burton (and for my money the co-writer Phil Hartman) was going to hurt the effort as well. But the biggest sin of Big Top Pee-Wee is that it doesn't seem to understand the character of Pee-Wee Herman. By giving him a story that involves (oddly) infidelity, you've made a man out of a man-child. It's not as though Paul Reubens didn't have creative control over this project, so that makes it even weirder.

These complaints aside, the movie is still relatively enjoyable and has enough jokes that hit to make it bearable. Throw in small roles by Benicio del Toro and a pre-Saved By the Bell Dustin Diamond and I can barely continue typing this sentence...

On a personal note, I saw this in the theater in a double-feature with License to Drive which, in hindsight, was probably the greatest day of my life.

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