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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 9. Big (1988)

September 28, 2011

9. Big [DVD] (1988)

Plot: 12-year-old Josh (David Moscow), is tired of being small and makes a wish to an old traveling fair’s machine. The next day, he is surprised to wake up as Josh (Tom Hanks), a 30-something version of himself. As the traveling fair has moved on, he decides to find out where it will go next. While waiting for that information he gets a job at a toy company where he falls in love with Susan (Elizabeth Perkins), and must learn the ways of adulthood. The question is, when the machine finally resurfaces, will he want to go back to his 12-year-old self?

Have you ever had a really big secret? (tagline)

Also Starring: Robert LoggiaJohn HeardJon LovitzMercedes RuehlJared Rushton
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Written by: Gary RossAnne Spielberg
Length: 104 min
Budget: $18,000,000
Gross Revenue: $114,968,774 (USA)

My Favorite Movie Quote:
What is so special about Baskin? 
He’s a grown up.

Review: I know what you’re thinking:

“Sika must really love Tom Hanks since this is the fourth movie (the other three being Forrest GumpApollo 13The Green Mile) of his to be featured on the list. Enough already! Give the other actors a chance!”

Oscar Count:
Two Nominations: 
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hanks), Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg)

And you are right, enough’s enough, this is the end of Hanks reign on this list. And I end it with my favorite movie of his; Big!

And I love it even though it raises a bunch of questions (which I choose to ignore every time I watch it). Questions like:

1. If that machine really could make your wishes come true, why the hell didn’t Josh hire a fork lift and take it home with him? I would have loved to see a sequel where Josh (Tom Hanks), now in his fifties, is an obese man playing video games in his basement; looking over to the machine and saying: “I wish I had some potato chips right now”. And a bag would magically appear in his hand!!

2. Why Elizabeth Perkins would go for John Herd when Jon Lovitz is available?

3. If, at the end, the reason Elizabeth Perkins looks sad, is because she realizes she’s basically been a pedophile throughout the entire movie?

I guess I’ll never know the answers and I don’t even know if I want to. The movie is great anyway!

Next up on the list: Not a Tom Hanks movie.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: Tom Hanks was the first choice to play Josh but was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts with the films Dragnet and Punchline.

Robert De Niro was then offered the lead role but was rejected because his salary demand ($6 million) was too high. Tom Hanks then became available and accepted the lead role for $2 million.

10. The Blues Brothers (1980)


One Comment leave one →
  1. September 28, 2011 10:59

    I’m with you on one of the questions that’s raised…the pedophilia. I’m just not completely okay with the idea that this 13-year-old boy is having sex with a woman in her 30s (or maybe she was in her twenties — I can’t tell as well about people who were adults when I was a kid). Even if he is in the body of an adult man. I mean puberty is an important process to go through in the whole-being-ready-to-have-sex department. Right?


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