Paul Reubens’s Pee-wee Herman act is very close to the kind of deliberately juvenile humor Andy Kaufman was doing just before his death, with the difference that the threat to the audience—that the spectator too will be forced to return to the mental age of six—has been removed. Reubens always lets us feel superior to his creation, and when his character slips, as it does more than once in this first feature outing, his own condescension shows through. With all these safety features built in, this 1985 film is too well padded to qualify as genuinely radical wit, but in an even-toned, TV sort of way it’s mildly amusing and inventive throughout. Tim Burton’s direction is at best a neutral factor; with Elizabeth Daily.