The maniac in a bow tie and high water pants is back! After much anticipation, the 3rd feature film from the zany mind of Paul Reubens will premiere on Netflix, March 18th. No one knows whether it will live up to our expectations or just remind us of Dumb and Dumber To. The trailer looks great, and only time will tell. In researching the production details, I've gathered five things that I'm delighted to ponder in the coming days leading up to its release:
1. It's a Netflix Original Movie
I've been openly critical about Netflix, specifically it's lackluster movie catalog, but if this is the direction they're headed, producing original movies that may never have been large enough for the Hollywood studios to bother with, and giving them the chance to come to life, I'm on board. It also means adults can confidentially join the viewing audience without being publicly seen buying tickets, oh and yeah, we can watch it over and over......
2. Peewee's House
Everyone loved the Rube Goldberg-ian morning wake up scene from Peewee's big adventure, and the trailer promises to bring us back to Herman's house to see what kind of contraptions he's been rigging up for breakfast. We all deserve an alarm like that.
3. The Producer
The film was produced by Judd Apatow, a veteran of "ahead of its time" television and film projects. His TV credits include The Ben Stiller Show, The Critic, The Larry Sanders Show, Freaks and Geeks, and the smash hit, Girls. He's also served on the production team of movies like The Cable Guy, Anchorman, Anchorman 2 , 40 year old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Get Him to the Greek, and Trainwreck. Does this guy know cult classics or what? I'm hoping he's brought us another gem.
4. The Writing
Paul Reubens of course is the creator of the iconic Peewee character, and the story is know doubt his brainchild. He's enlisted the help of up and coming comedian Paul Rust to co-pen the script. His acting and voice talent credits include Bob's Burgers, Inglorious Bastards, Semi Pro, Parks and Recreation, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Drake and Josh. More importantly, he's served as either a writer or consulting writer for projects that include the Netflix original series, Love, Comedy Bang Bang, Arrested Development, Rob and Big, and The Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway. When it comes to comedy writing, I love me some fresh meat.
5. The Supporting Cast
A few of the major character credits include Joe Manganiello, Tara Buck, Stephanie Beatriz, and Alia Shawkat. Without spoiling it, I've also spotted some cameos from Peewee's Big Adventure, so check out the trailer below to see if you can spot them. Buck, along with Joe Manganiello are veterans of True Blood. Manganiello, married in real life to every man's dream girl, Sophia Vergara of Modern Family, is all grown up now, but we all should remember him as the bully Flash Thompson from the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy. I guess Flash got the girl after all. Alia Shawkat got her start as a pre-teen in Three Kings, and also starred in TV shows including State of Grace, Veronica Mars, Arrested Development, Robot Chicken, and Portlandia. Stephanie Beatriz is best known as Detective Rosa Diaz on the Fox comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but the six degrees of Kevin Bacon connection is that she appeared in two episodes of Modern Family, as Gloria's (Sophia Vergara) sultry sister, Sonia.
I don't hold any delusions of grandeur, thanks to Dumb and Dumber To embarrassing itself and nearly destroying the prospect of future classic resurrections, but I have a feeling this one will deliver. Here's the trailer.