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When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body.

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A young boy (David Moscow) makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big. He wakes up the following morning to find that it has been granted and his body has grown older overnight. But he is still the same 13-year-old boy inside. Now he must learn how to cope with the unfamiliar world of grown-ups including getting a job and having his first romantic encounter with a woman. What will he find out about this strange world? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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wish | job | new york city | toy | friend | See All (96) »

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Yesterday Josh Wanted Everything In Life - Girls...Money...Cars... Today, All His Wildest Dreams Have Come True! See more »


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3 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quisiera ser grande  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$114,968,774 (USA)
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| (Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Sound)

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(DuArt)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To give star Tom Hanks an idea of how a 12 year-old would behave, director Penny Marshall filmed each "grown-up" scene with David Moscow (Young Josh) playing Tom Hanks's part, who then copied David Moscow's behavior. See more »

Goofs

A red sticker appears on Josh's door in the hotel which wasn't there earlier. See more »

Quotes

Young Josh: I wish I were big.
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Referenced in Bob's Burgers: Bob Fires the Kids (2012) See more »

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Music by Euphemia Allen
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Bittersweet and beautifully acted
22 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tom Hanks is at his best -- as are the others in this wonderful movie. Manages to be lighthearted and profound at the same time. The individual scenes are funny and memorable (the boy in a man's body unabashedly devours the food at the office party, surrounded by the restrained and constrained adults), but the whole narrative works as well. Underrated by IMDb users, based on the ratings! If you haven't seen it, rent it next time you are in the mood for something fun.


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