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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    I am glad to be able to say that all these clever and talented people have actually come up with the goods. The biggest goodie is Tom Hanks as the little boy after his wish has been granted. Much of the comedy in this movie is physical. Without forcing the matter Mr. Hanks has a startling ability to take on the mannerisms and facial expressions of an adolescent. [2 Jun 1988, p.1]

  • 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

  • 75
    Desmond RyanPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Penny Marshall brings a logic to the premise that is sustained through most of the movie. And where the other movies snickered at the sexual possibilities in the idea, she faces up to them with both candor and taste. show more

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Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical