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Parents' Guide to

Big Top Pee-wee

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Uneven cult favorite has some sexual situations.

Movie PG 1988 86 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

An adult film is too raunchy to see

R: some suggestive images
age 12+

NOT suitable for children under 12

BEWARE. There are several sexually inappropriate scenes in this movie that Common sense Media has failed to report. Pee Wee jumping on top of/rolling around with/kissing his girlfriend and some close up shots of a women’s breasts (in a bikini) and Pee Wee’s making remarks/eyes popping out of his head. We stopped the movie at this point but I believe there are several other inappropriate scenes similar to these. I emailed Common Sense Media to alert them of this several months ago and was assured they would re-evaluate but this obviously has not been done.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Fans of the groundbreaking children's show Pee-wee's Playhouse will find this second feature starring Paul Reubens' famous alter ego rather slow and clumsy by comparison. Those new to cult figure Pee-wee Herman are advised to acquaint themselves elsewhere, as this venture may seem little more than a painful curiosity. Tim Burton's first Pee-wee feature, Pee-wee's Big Adventure was inspired, but director Randal Kleiser doesn't bring the proper sensibility to this sequel.

The script undermines Pee-wee's peculiar man-boy appeal by casting him as romantic figure. By hopping libidinously on his fiancée and kissing beautiful Gina, he's obviously meant to be a sort of human oddity. He certainly is that, but a lot of potential humor is sacrificed for the effect. Still, kids will find Pee-wee hard to resist. They'll also like Vance the talking pig and the circus folk, including a tiny lady, a dog-faced boy, a mermaid, and the ringmaster, played by an out-of-place Kris Kristofferson.

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