Josh Baskin (David Moscow) is a 13-year-old boy who wishes that he was a little bit bigger so the cute and popular girl in school will like him. While at an amusement park with his family, Josh makes a wish at the Zoltar Machine to become big, and big is exactly what he becomes. He wakes up the next morning a grown man (Tom Hanks) and decides to hide out in the city with his best friend (Jared Rushton) until he can reverse the wish. In the mean time, he tells his parents he was kidnapped (but having a fun time) and gets a job at a toy company where he meets his first true love (Elizabeth Perkins).
Directed by Penny Marshall (A League of their Own, Awakenings, The Preacher’s Wife), Big is a heart-felt and funny look at a young boy who wants to grow up too fast and learns that adult life isn’t what it seems. It’s something we all wanted to do as kids, and now as adults, we would all love to go back to being kids again. Tom Hanks does a remarkable job as Josh and gives us one of the more memorable scenes in history when he and Robert Loggia play on the giant piano at FAO Schwartz in New York. Although many remember Big as being a family movie, parents might want to watch it before letting some of the younger ones see it because it would probably get a PG13 rating from me, seeing as there are scenes with sexual references and 1 use of the F word. All in all, I love the movie Big, and I considered it for a while to by on me personal top 100, but it fell just outside. Co-starring John Heard, Debra Jo Rupp, and John Lovitz.
9/10 Stars – Funny, heart-felt and charming, Who doesn’t love Tom Hanks in Big?
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