directed by Penny Marshall
Category: "Comedy"
Year of Release:1988
Date Added:01/12/2008
Date Watched:05/21/1989
Description:What if you woke up one morning and discovered you were BIG?

Tom Hanks ... Josh
Elizabeth Perkins ... Susan
Robert Loggia ... MacMillan
John Heard ... Paul
My Rating:7

Reviews for Big

Review - Big

Josh Baskin wishes he was big when the girl he likes goes for an older guy. He puts a quarter in a strange machine at a carnival, and when he wakes up in the morning, he’s in a 30-year-old body. He can’t find the machine, and his mother thinks he’s a weirdo who kidnapped her son. With the help of his friend Billy, he heads to New York and gets a sleazy apartment. Josh and Billy try to track down the carnival machine, but the information is going to take six weeks to arrive.

Josh applies for a job in data entry at a toy factory. His youthful approach to toys soon appeals to MacMillan, the head of the company, and Josh is made a vice-president in charge of research. He gets a big office and rents a big apartment, which he fills with toys. His rapid success draws the ire of two other company vice-presidents, Paul, who engages in a battle for supremacy with Josh, and Susan, who is soon won over by his innocence.

Josh likes Susan, but isn’t sure how to deal with an adult woman. They spend time together and eventually have an affair, but as Susan is getting ready to make the relationship more serious, Josh is missing his family. Then Billy shows up with the information on where the machine is. Josh tries to tell Susan who he really is, but she won’t believe him, thinking he’s just trying to dump her. When Josh leaves a meeting to go to the machine, she finally sees the light and follows. She contemplates going back with him, but decides she doesn’t want to live adolescence a second time. He goes back and resumes his 13-year-old life.

Fun, although a bit creepy if you think about it much. Hanks did a good job of portraying a kid, and Perkins was pretty good as an up-tight executive responding to a happy-go-lucky coworker.
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