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Year
1988
Runtime
104 min.
Director
Penny Marshall
Genres
Drama, Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
123,237
Checks
38,352
Favs
1,271
Dislikes
129
Favs/checks
3.3% (1:30)
Favs/dislikes
10:1
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  1. Scream1008's avatar

    Scream1008

    This is such a damn good movie. Should be on AFI's 100 Passions as well. 12 years 11 months ago
  2. Lfmendes's avatar

    Lfmendes

    One of the best movies of all time. It is funny and teaches people to never grow up completely. 14 years 4 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Big is one of those movies you think you've seen, but maybe you haven't. The giant piano scene has been parodied countless times, and the premise adapted into vehicles for other actors who want to let out their inner child. I thought *I'd* seen it, but no, I don't think I had until this week. Or maybe it's what my friend Marty said about it: Today, adults are much more likely to own toys, read comics and play games, so young Tom Hanks doesn't seem that out of place in today's world, even in the world of executives. And that makes it familiar not because we've seen it, but because we've lived it. It would be weird to say a film is dated exactly because it predicts the future, but that's because what it's about is out of focus. It almost touches on something with the jerkwad character who is more childish in attitude than Josh, then almost on something else by asserting that these toy executives are out of touch with children and their own childhood, but doesn't complete the pass on either theme. I like the existential danger Josh faces as he becomes more and more integrated into the world of adults and starts to become one in negative ways (too busy for others, stressed, etc.), but the catalyst is the objectionable romance between him (13 going on 30) and an adult woman, a relationship that at first played for laughs, eventually becomes physical. VERY physical. Try not to cringe through the second half of the movie if you can. Because it's a comedy, no one - not the worried parents who think their child was kidnapped for 6 weeks, not the woman who is made aware that she molested a child, and not Josh - will be traumatized or negatively impacted by these events, and so it goes. But you have to wonder who such a script was written FOR. If kids who wish they were adults, then why the sex stuff? If adults who wish they were kids again, then why the sex stuff? It's a good thing young, comedy-era Tom Hanks is so endearing, because it really wouldn't work as well as it does even with those problems. 2 years 1 month ago
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