Big (1988)

Big 1988 Movie Poster

Big Quote: “OK… but I get to be on top.” – Josh Baskin

Our first return to the VHS vaults is the (1988) classic Big: After a wish from a possessed fortuneteller turns a 12-year-old school boy into a 30-year-old man, he is forced to hide in New York City alone. A chance encounter with the owner of a toy company leads to an unlikely high paying job and an illegal sexual relationship with an adult coworker. However, the pressure of living as an adult and the torment of his mother grief over her missing son begin to overwhelm him, and he longs to return to his simple, former life as a boy.

Plot Summary: “Big 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.

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3 Responses

  1. DJ says:

    Harsh review.

  2. Dick Ebert says:

    Thanks for the feedback Gene, it’s been fun watching these old movies again… and it’s nice to hear that people seem to be enjoying the trip back in time with with us.

  3. Gene Hitchcock says:

    I really love Dick during this podcast. Hard to believe this was your first. Can’t wait to hear what you stroke up next week.

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