• Big (1988)


Release Date: 1988

PG |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

After a wish turns 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) into a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks), he heads to New York City and gets a low-level job at MacMillen Toy Company. A chance encounter with the owner (Robert Loggia) of the company leads to a promotion testing new toys. Soon a fellow employee, Susan Lawrence (Elizabeth Perkins), takes a romantic interest in Josh. However, the pressure of living as an adult begins to overwhelm him, and he longs to return to his simple, former life as a boy.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton, David Moscow, Jon Lovitz, Mercedes Ruehl

Director: Penny Marshall

Genres: Comedy , Children , Fantasy

Production Co: 20th Century Fox, Gracie Films

Keywords: Friend, New York City, Competition, Love interest, Growing up, 1980s, Charming, Office, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    Big is a winning, charming film, primarily because Hanks makes it work. He is extraordinarily convincing as an adolescent who suddenly finds himself dealing with a new, adult body, responsibilities, and a romantic relationship, while simultaneously trying to survive vicious corporate infighting. show more

  • 100
    USA Today

    Unpretentious as it is, Big takes you beyond laughter, to where you live. And there's nothing small about that. [3 Jun 1988, p.1D]

  • 80
    Duane ByrgeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Although one need not have graduated from a weekend screenwriting seminar to tell where the story is headed, Big is just plain funny and wonderfully goofy throughout. Again, while certainly not a new story or even a new theme, Big is done refreshingly well. show more

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Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy