Allegorical Bicycle

GENDER IDENTITY AND THE ALLEGORICAL BICYCLE IN PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE

On its most basic level, PWBA is a film about a stolen bicycle and its owner’s journey to recover it. However, when considering its exploration of the complex issues of sexual and gender identity, it may be the most comprehensive coming of age film of our time. In PWBA, bicycle is never just a bicycle. The film’s simplistic storyline and light-hearted humor belie a darker struggle to restore one’s identity in the wake of stolen innocence.

You have to wonder what type of bike “PeeWee” was thinking of when he was arrested in the porn cinema.

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