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Big 1988
PG

  • Penny Marshall
  • June 3, 1988
  • October 5, 1999
  • 104 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Family
You're Only Young Once But For Josh It Might Just Last A Lifetime.
A young boy, Josh Baskin makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big. He wakes up the following morning to find that it has been granted and his body has grown older overnight. But he is still the same 13-year-old boy inside. Now he must learn how to cope with the unfamiliar world of grown-ups including getting a job and having his first romantic encounter with a woman. What will he find out about this strange world?

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Big was charming and lots of fun. Even though it was primarily a comedy, it still had some very sweet and touching moments sprinkled throughout. Tom Hanks was brilliant acting like a twelve-year-old adult and one of the better roles I've seen him in. I loved the floor piano scene. The extended edition did seem to be a bit too long for my taste though.

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It's hard these days to remember what a fantastic comic actor Hanks was, but this is a film that would not work without his performance, which completely sells the idea of a grown-up child. The idea itself would suggest a focus on comedy, but what also makes the film work is that it isn't focused on gags and laugh out loud moments - rather the film plays a fine balance exploring both the fun of the character getting his wish, but equally what has been lost. The film is rightly lauded as a wonderful reminder of the inner child in all of us, perfectly encapsulated in the classic piano scene, but its the focus on character moments, such as Josh's first night alone, that lend the film a poignancy that elevates it to more than simply a clever concept.

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Whenever I think of a toystore I think of the scene with the giant piano XD definitely a 10!

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