More than anything else, 13-year old New Jerseyite Josh (David Moscow) wants to be "big". That's the wish he makes at an odd-looking amusement pier fortunetelling machine. The next morning, Josh wakes up-only to discover that he's grown to manhood overnight! (At this point, the part is taken over by Tom Hanks). Still a 13-year-old mentally and emotionally, Josh decides to hide out in New York City until he can figure out what to do next. He lucks into a job with a major toy company run by kid-at-heart McMillan (Robert Loggia). By cannily bringing a child's eye view to McMillan's business, Josh rises to the top-and in process, he falls in love with fellow employee Susan (Elizabeth Perkins). But he's still a kid, and he'd like to go back to his own world and own body. Written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, Big proved a crucial success for budding director Penny Marshall, who'd work harmoniously with Hanks again on the radically different A League of Their Own. The cinematography was by Barry Sonenfeld, who went on to become a director himself with The Addams Family. That Big was heavily reliant upon the input of Tom Hanks and Penny Marshall was proven by the failed attempt to turn the property into a Broadway musical.~Hal Erickson
It reminds me of what it’s like when a person is a 13-year-old adolescent in a 30-year-old grownup body. Tom Hanks is at his finest acting “immature” for his age.
Remember the “Heart and Soul” and “Chopsticks” scene at the toy store when the Tom Hanks character was having fun with his future boss while playing and dancing on the big “piano” together?
This movie may be dated for people younger than the Generation-X crowd who see that the technology is “primitive” (for example, “boring” text and graphics on an Apple II computer, which isn’t even a Mac). Nevertheless, those of that younger age will laugh because now online comic-book adventures are a dime a dozen.
In short, this DVD is a grab for the $4 price.
A really fun movie with some very memorable scenes. Hanks is great, as always, but this movie is back from when we didn't know that he was going to become a Hollywood legend. We always remember the giant piano keyboard in the toy store. Maybe that's when Tom figured out that toy stories could be wildly successful.
I remember watching this movie a hundred times when I was a kid, and now that I'm BIG I get to show it to my kids, too. They loved it!
It's a bit on the 80's PG side, meaning it would be more like a PG13 or TV14 by our current system so maybe not for the Nick-Jr crowd and more like Netflix teens, with some inuendos that you might not be ready to explain to a younger crowd.
Lots of quotable lines and memorable scenes with family favorite Tom Hanks!
This 1988 comedy/fantasy film is Penny Marshall's 2nd attempt as a director and it was critically a smash hit. Tom Hanks stars as Josh who magically turns from a 12 year old boy to a 30 year old man over night after putting a coin into a carnival fortune teller machine and makes a wish. He becomes an outcast to his family and most of his friends, except one, who do not recognize him. They set out to find the machine that granted his wish, but in the mean time he lands a job with a toy manufacturing company, finds success and a love interest, but his 12 year old self longs for the youth he has lost. Finally finding the machine he attempts to reverse what had happened to him, but now he faces the loss of his new girl friend. Pure fantasy and great fun!