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Big 1988

  • Penny Marshall
  • June 3, 1988
  • 104 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Family
Have you ever had a really big secret?
When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body literally overnight.


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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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