Big Top Pee-wee (1988) - Adventure, Comedy, Romance

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Pee-wee Herman is now a small-town farmer with a fiancée, but when a traveling circus comes to town, he finds himself falling for the trapeze artist.

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Paul Reubens, Penelope Ann Miller
Length: 86 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 12 out of 46 found boring (26.08%)

One-line Reviews (23)

The script by Reubens and George McGrath is aimless and dull, giving Herman little to do in his own film.


One must forgive the long cuts, boring "walking" scenes and unnecessary scenes which make this seem almost like an extended second unit director's cut of what could have been a nice hour-long movie.

You have to expect some jokes & gags that only adults will recognize (mildly sexual, cynical or taboo: such as the cranky old lady's hilarious reference to bulimia), but overall the film takes the format of a kid's movie, with lots of cute animals, predictable slapstick and a cheerful approach, right down to the cheezy sing-song finale.

It's entertaining and that's all we can ask of it.

Big Top Boredom .

Not that the film is terrible, but it really has no plot.

other than that stuff, the movie was completely bogus, and was a total waste of time for pee-wee.

Tedious and unnecessary, "Big Top Pee-wee" has been one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

But I've seen it 4 times if that's any indication of how compelling it is.

"Big Top Pee-Wee" is a bizarre, unsettling, strangely boring and distressingly darkly toned big-screen follow-up that somehow is able to turn the delightfully quirky Herman into an unlikable jerk who commits infidelity and loses any and all audience appeal.

save your money!

It's boring, unlikable (borderline loathsome) and poorly-shot, with only a fraction of the creativity of other Pee-Wee projects.

Tedious and unnecessary, "Big Top Pee-Wee" is one of the poorest excuses for a film I have ever seen.

It reminded me an awful lot of PEE WEE'S PLAYHOUSE, in that the going seemed very slow and I just needed a break from the character after a while.

My kids thoroughly enjoyed the movie, even though they were bored by the romantic element.

"Pee Wee's Big Adventure" is one of the funniest, most entertaining family films I have ever seen.

Even the woman Pee-wee falls in love with is boring and has the world's most annoying accent.

What a waste of time, film, money, etc.

This time we have Pee Wee on a rather boring farm, where he has a talking pig and the towns folk are a bunch of bores.

There are a couple of chuckles to be found near the beginning of the movie, but once the circus hits it is rather tedious to watch.

However, the older townspeople (who are often grumpy) object to the circus and want it to leave their town.

Many scenes are boringly shot with the camera just sort of plopped down wherever.