See this film: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure @ the Coolidge

Some think that Tim Burton's best film is still his first, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985), an adaptation for the big screen of the then-popular children's TV show starring Paul Reubens - a kind of latter-day Harry Langdon - as the simple-minded man-child of the title. The material touched something childlike and magical in Burton's imagination, inspiring in him a delight in the surreal and absurd that he has not quite equaled since. Like all great stories, it involves a quest - for a bicycle - featuring encounters with such wonders as the Alamo, the trucker Large Marge, and the band Twisted Sister. That's at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline | Monday, July 9 @ 7 pm | $9; $6 seniors |


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