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by Chris Parry

"Just a really fun movie that you can fall right into."
5 stars

Every teenage boy at one time or another wished that they were big. No more being told what to do by your folks, no more school, no more problems with girls, but most of us never had a wishing machine that could make that wish come true. Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) does.

After being disgraced in front of a girl he likes, Josh makes a wish at an arcade Ďwish machineí that he was bigger. The machine spits out a card telling him his wish is granted, and the next day Josh wakes up as a 30-year-old, much to his motherís terror. Sneaking out of the house he finds his best friend Billy (Jared Rushden) and they escape to New York City where Josh gets a job for a toy company. Of course, the job turns out to suit him down to the ground, he rapidly rises to VP, buys himself a big fat apartment filled with toys and begins to schtup one of the female executives (Elizabeth Perkins).

Back in the 80ís, Tom Hanks was but a stand-up comedian whoíd been on a few TV shows, until this flick came along and earned ridiculous money and critical acclaim. Directed by Penny Marshall, otherwise known as the Laverne half of TVís Laverne and Shirley, and written by Anne Spielberg (sister of Steven), you could have been forgiven for thinking that it was going to be a formulaic mess, but the skills of all concerned surprise and enthrall. Hanks is simply awesome in the lead role, playing a twelve-year-old trapped in a manís body without a single missed step. Heís flawless, as is Liz Perkins opposite him. Even little Jared Rushden delivers the goods.

Many family comedies from the 80ís find it tough to charm these days, because audiences, styles and attitude have changed markedly in the last fifteen years, but Big is like Itís A Wonderful Life in that it just gets better and better, the more times you see it. In an interesting trivia sidenote, Steven Spielberg was originally slated to direct the film and wanted Harrison Ford to play the lead. I never thought I'd say this, but thank god Spielberg didn't direct this thing. Other actors who were offered the lead role include Robert DeNiro (who turned it down because the producers wouldn't pay him enough) and Jeff Bridges. Hanks eventually won out, mostly because he was cheap. The rest is history.

Next time you go see a Tom Hanks film and wonder just why it is that heís so damn popular, go rent this flick (assuming your local Blockbuster hasnít sold it off like they do most films that are more than six months old) and rediscover why.

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User Comments

3/03/20 dupadoit henry danger 5 stars
9/20/16 Suzanne Tom Hanks is,love, love this movie 5 stars
8/30/13 EDDIED Cast & story are good but needed more humor. Josh adjusted to adulthood too soon & easily. 3 stars
8/26/13 DB One of Tom Hanks' best 5 stars
11/08/12 Susan Smith I lvoe this movies, funny and tells a lesson 5 stars
10/11/11 Heather Furmanek Love this film 5 stars
6/06/11 AEB A feel-good gem of a film. I love the big piano too. 3 stars
10/05/10 Dr.Lao Manages to be funny and heart warming in a way few films can pull off 4 stars
1/15/09 Anonymous. an adorable story, the movie is so lovable. :] 4 stars
7/16/08 Kiko Jones Hanks plays 13 yrs old like a 6yr old, not believable 2 stars
2/03/08 Anne Tom Hanks did such a good job in this 5 stars
1/07/07 Stephen Great movie loved it when i was young but now its kind of stale...Still great movie 4 stars
12/08/06 Ron Probably Tom Hanks best movie, but hes not the great actor everyone seems to think he is 4 stars
8/04/06 EZ Love the big piano 5 stars
2/20/06 Jenny Who could resist a movie with a giant piano because I know I can't 4 stars
11/04/05 Lanie! Very good! 5 stars
9/12/05 Eden Dont know why its as popular as it is 3 stars
4/15/05 Raymond Montoya good movie. 3 stars
12/27/04 mjoc Hanks began to show his brilliance in this film. 5 stars
10/23/04 ODH Tom Hanks back when he was a comedic actor, awesome! 5 stars
12/14/03 Image15 Few flaws in the film, but overall a keeper. Tom Hanks plays a great role 4 stars
10/10/03 Amy Harrison One of my favourite 80's films a real classic! 5 stars
8/18/03 Nicole Cute 4 stars
8/11/03 Kyle Heart and Soul Scene = Classic. 5 stars
6/22/03 John Aster Habig awesome fantasy film with well crafted script and well developed characters 5 stars
5/26/03 Nevz Good, slightly bizarre film. 4 stars
4/30/03 Malcolm Great film! Yeah! 5 stars
3/24/03 Jack Sommersby It's good, but "Vice Versa" was better. 3 stars
1/28/03 Jon "Thumb the Toad" Lyrik Funny, cute. 5 stars
1/21/03 Hi there Tom Hanks at his best! 5 stars
10/18/02 Charles Tatum Just another body switching movie 3 stars
7/04/02 gary vidmar Cute comedy that kids and adults will enjoy. 4 stars
4/24/02 Let me think Hanks goes from Bachelor Party(ugh!) to Big(hmm.) to Castaway(yay!) 4 stars
3/07/02 Jenny Tullwartz Misfire concept has nowhere to go but undo itself; Perkins's char. yucky, maybe meant to be 2 stars
10/25/01 Henry Ginsberg tom hanks was wicked in this film 4 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat A humorous movie w/ a following of "The Kid" & an episode of "Rugrats" w/ the same premise. 4 stars
7/28/01 Henry Ginsberg Nice idea .Great role playing by Tom Hanks . 4 stars
7/15/01 R.W. Welch Inventive comedic premise effectively carried out. 4 stars
4/03/01 Andrew Carden You have to really like Tom, to like Big. 3 stars
12/28/00 Turtle One of the best movies ever. A great display of Hanks's talent! 5 stars
11/28/00 Cristopher Revilla Tom Hanks saves this movie from becomning worthless trash 3 stars
6/24/00 Crystal Fleming Heart warming movie 5 stars
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  03-Jun-1988 (PG)
  DVD: 08-May-2007



Directed by
  Penny Marshall

Written by
  Gary Ross
  Anne Spielberg

  Tom Hanks
  Elizabeth Perkins
  Robert Loggia
  John Heard
  Jon Lovitz
  David Moscow

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