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Catch ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure’ in Red Hook next week

Catch ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure’ in Red Hook next week

And you thought he was only good as the punchline to a masturbation joke.

But before he was arrested in a Florida adult moviehouse in 1991, Pee Wee Herman — aka Paul Reubens — was the biggest name in comedy. Find out why as his seminal 1985 classic, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” screens on Sept. 13 at Valentino Pier in Red Hook.

And this is not just some kids movie. “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” taps into the ultimate urban fear — bike theft. After his shiny red Schwinn DX is swiped, Pee Wee sets off in a madcap journey across the United States to reunite with his beloved. On his way, he meets the usual characters (hey, it’s a road movie, after all): a France-obsessed waitress, a truck driver with some freaky faces and violent bikers who have a soft spot for The Champs song, “Tequila.”

Believe it or not, the movie was Tim Burton’s directorial debut — and Burton’s quirky imagination works perfectly with Pee Wee’s, how you say, eccentricities.

Picnickers are welcome (though no alcohol!). Home/Made will be selling popcorn for a buck.

“Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” at Valentino Pier (Ferris Street between Coffey and Van Dyke streets in Red Hook), Sept. 13, 8 pm. Free. For info, visit www.redhookfilms.org.

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