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03/24/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

This reviewer recalls enjoying this 80's flick. As a kid didn't we at least think about what it's like to be an adult and have responsibilities? Josh Baskin (David Moscow) is a 12-year-old and and has a best friend named Billy Kopecki (Jared Rushton) become unfamiliar with each other when a certain change occurs. Josh tinkers with a huge toy piano and plays with Mr. MacMillan (Robert Loggia).

The soundtrack, screenplay and performances were wonderful. It shows how great Hanks was at an early age. Best lines: MacMillan - "Boss needs to be knocked on his ass every once in a while." and Scotty - "You gotta pace yourself, slowly, slowly." Big represents maturity, friendship, love, corporate world and difficulties of growing-up. Definitely a must see for kids and those young at he...

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03/26/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Big" by Yojimbo

Tom Hanks plays Josh Baskin, a 13 year old who wishes he was "Big" and wakes up in adult's body. There was a huge wave of wish fulfillment films in the 80s including many body swap comedies, this being the original and probably the best. Hanks brings just the right level of goofy, naive charm to the role to the point where I'm pretty sure Brendan Fraser has spent his entire career copying it. All the biggest laughs are when he first deals with his new body and tries to make his way in the adult world, but by the end it descends back into the kind of sappiness that Hollywood screenwriters seem totally unable to resist. There's decent support from John Heard as an amusingly immature work mate but its clunky "what's important in life" message is a little too forced, necessarily appealing to ...

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