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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 (100) »

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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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Frances Fisher was cast as Billy's mother but all of her scenes were deleted. Her scenes were reintroduced on the Extended Edition DVD. See more »

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When Josh's mom is freaking out when Old Josh walks in, she is speaking (screaming) but her mouth does not move. See more »

Quotes

Susan: All he said was he didn't get it.
Paul: [Mimicking Josh] "I don't get it." "I don't get it". "Let's make it a bug".
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Written by Kimberly A. Bradstreet
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Keeping Your Inner-Child
5 June 2001 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This charming, sweet, hilarious gem of a film works because Tom Hanks makes you believe he actually is a small boy in the body of an adult.

The interesting trick of what makes the story appealing is not so much the magic that the boy gets his wish to be "big." It's that once he is in an adult, he has to navigate the adult world with the mind of a child -- and ultimately realizes that he is missing something if he makes the leap from boy to man without going through all the fun and the struggle in between. There are several other films that have the boy-to-man switch, but none of them have the depth of understanding about human nature that this film portrays.

The story is wonderfully written and directed, and Tom Hanks is a star. The film made me laugh, and it made me cry. What more can you ask of one movie?


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