Big (1988)



Critic Consensus: Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy.

Movie Info

More than anything else, 13-year old New Jerseyite Josh (David Moscow) wants to be "big". That's the wish he makes at an odd-looking amusement pier fortunetelling machine. The next morning, Josh wakes up-only to discover that he's grown to manhood overnight! (At this point, the part is taken over by Tom Hanks). Still a 13-year-old mentally and emotionally, Josh decides to hide out in New York City until he can figure out what to do next. He lucks into a job with a major toy company run by … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Anne Spielberg, Gary Ross
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 18, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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as Young Josh Baskin

as Paul

as Mrs. Baskin

as Scotty Brennen

as Mr. Baskin

as Cynthia Benson

as Freddie Benson

as Cynthia's Friend

as Gym Teacher

as Ticket Taker

as Cynthia's Friend

as lst Brother

as 2nd Brother

as Motel Clerk

as Schizo

as Administrative Woman

as Spanish Voice

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as Test Market Research...

as Supervisor

as Woman In Red Dress

as Receptionist

as Miss Patterson

as Payroll Clerk

as Bank Teller

as 4th Executive

as Real Estate Agent

as Moving Man

as Limousine Driver

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as Tenor/Dough man

as Boy on Baseball Fiel...

as Photographer

as Girl Friend of Cynth...

as Piano Player

as Executive #1

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as Singing Waiter

as Singing Waiter

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as Boy in Leaves

as Carnival Strongman
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Critic Reviews for Big

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (13)

The film succeeds largely because of the splendid performance of Tom Hanks -- who is irresistibly funny as "big" Josh.

Full Review… | July 28, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A delightful comedy-fantasy.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

This setup isn't exactly what you'd call plausible, but the follow-through is consistent and clever.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Big, which has been directed by Penny Marshall with verve and impeccable judgment, drops a child's innocence into the corporate rat race as if it were a depth charge.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

When Marshall brings Hanks and Perkins together, she discovers a grace and lightness in their relationship that transcends the pinched thematics of the script.

Full Review… | July 29, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Big

Big is a pretty good film that I enjoyed, but I felt it wasn't as good as what everyone has said about. The film is good for what it is, but it leaves a lot of room for improvement. I enjoyed Tom Hanks in the film, but he has made far better films later on in his career. The film is pretty funny, but it could have been improved upon in some areas. The cast do a fine job and there is enough good humor to make this film worth watching. At times the film is cheesy, but overall it is a fun and entertaining film that has lots to offer. Although it is far from being the masterpiece that critics have claimed it to be. Tom Hanks is good in his role, but he has starred in better movies. Big has heart, and it's something that lacks in many of today's movies. Of course the film is not without its flaws, but it overcomes them by being an amusing film that viewers of all ages can enjoy. If you want to watch one of Tom Hanks earlier hits, then Big is the one to watch. Like I said, I found some parts to be a bit corny, but overall, the story and cast make it enjoyable and there are enough good gags to make it worthwhile. The film has enough memorable moments top make it a stand out comedy that will entertain you from start to finish. Although far from perfect, I really enjoyed the film for what it was and it is charming despite it being a bit silly, but in the end that's the point. After all it's a 12 year old trapped in a 30 year olds body, so you're going to watch an adult act like a kid, which I must admit is amusing. A must see film if you love Tom Hanks, and this film would showcase his early skills as an up and coming actor that would make an impact on film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


After many years, this formula works wonders. Every turn it takes, it's entertaining. Not much more then that. Tom Hanks was fantastic.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Big is unbelievably charming and the performance by Hanks is totally sweet and believable. The Oscar should have went to Hanks in this uniquely amazing comedy

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Directors Cat

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