THE LOVE THAT DARES TO SPEAK ITS NAME: PEE-WEE HEARTS JOE MANGANIELLO!
“It’s simultaneously bizarre and absolutely wonderful that Manganiello agreed to take on this role in the first place, and the moment I realized what was happening I felt the immediate need to high-five his agent, his manager, and anybody else that told him this was a good idea. He is clearly having a blast subverting his own persona — the warped mirror Manganiello is the kind of guy that would childishly pout in his bedroom during his own party, stuffing his face with chips while wearing a tuxedo — and there’s a not-so-subtle sexual tension between the two that feels pulled from the earliest days of the Pee-wee character. But this is a movie more about friendship and acceptance than anything else, and Pee-wee seeing so much of himself in someone like Manganiello is a ridiculously silly motor that gets the story moving quickly.” – THE VERGE
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“[A]n adorably self-aware Joe Manganiello as the object of Pee-wee’s man-crush [is one of the film’s chief delights].” – LA TIMES