‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ is a safe, comfortable comeback vehicle

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A queer theorist could have a field day with Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Netflix’s latest stab at reviving a beloved property from a bygone era of television and movies.

There are countless threads to unpack here, from the film’s emphasis on homosocial (if not explicitly homosexual) bonding to its cheeky way of casting men as objects of desire — not to mention its tendency to present women (and, to a lesser extent, female sexuality) as terrifying, unhinged, or both.

Of course, that’s par for the course for Pee-Wee, the giddy, gray-flannel-suit-clad manchild whom comedian Paul Reubens has been playing since the ’70s. Richard Goldstein may have said it best in an old Village Voice article, written not long after Reubens found himself mired in his second …

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