Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

Movie review by Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 7+

Just as charming and curious as it was in 1985.

PG 1985 90 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 23 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+
age 13+

wierd and scary for 7 year old

I didn't catch it in '85. I found it silly-funny but the kid wasn't amused and was scared by the dark imagery. Asked us to turn it off and not watch it again. Nervous on way to and at bedtime. Also the humour was over his head. I dk if a preteen would appreciate. Maybe not till college age.

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love classic TV and movies

Character Strengths

Find more movies that help kids build character.

  • Child cross country skiing
    See all

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of luggage and a map
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate