Monday, June 28, 2010

Pee-wee Herman Makes CC Laugh

Honestly, I was a little skeptical about bringing CC to see "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Is the movie really appropriate for kids? It's been 25 years since it was released in theaters, so I was a little fuzzy. Plus, Pee-wee Herman?

After doing a little research, and seeing in the festival magazine that it was listed under "family-friendly," I decided to take the Pee-wee plunge.

So on Saturday, CC and I headed downtown to the Orpheum Theatre and grabbed a couple of seats but not before scoping out the joint. The theater, which opened in 1926, is rich in history. Its stage has held the likes of Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Duke Ellington. The decor is ornate and very ... gold ... a reference Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee) doesn't hesitate to make in the above video.

Speaking of the video, you can hear CC laughing as Reubens refers to a potentially scary moment in his 1985 film. I love it that she laughs when she hears laughter around her. It's infectious.

As for the movie, we only got to see half of it -- not because it was inappropriate. It's not. The story of Pee-wee tracking down his stolen bicycle is funnier and more child-friendly than I remembered.

No, it was time for a trip to the loo -- which CC didn't mind announcing. To everyone we passed on the way there.


Amy Anderson said...

So awesome! Such a great movie and glad she liked it! I got to have dinner with Paul (PeeWee) about 4 years ago and it was pretty surreal. He was very nice and fairly quiet.

L.A. Story said...

The movie was so much funnier than I remembered. A great time and a great audience. :) And that's so cool that you had dinner with him. Surreal indeed!

Cathi said...

My 33 year old son Brian loved this movie back in the day. I introduced my grandchildren (Brian's kids) to it a few months ago and they loved it! My 10 year old grandson had a slumber party at our house in April and the boys all took a vote on which movie to watch. Pee Wee's Big Adventure won hands down. A whole new generation of fans!

L.A. Story said...

That's so cute, Cathi! I think I'll have to rent it so CC can see the whole thing. She really got a kick out of it. Also, did you see that Pee-wee is going to make another movie, this time with Judd Apatow? So awesome!

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