The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.
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
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During the 1980s, Jared Rushton (Billy) had appeared in a "Barbie and the Rockers" TV commercial. In this film, Josh (Tom Hanks) works at McMillan's toy company. See more »
Susan's hand on Josh's chin when he's about to return home. See more »
I'm much better at video hockey.
That's not a sport.
It requires hand and eye coordination.
It's not a sport if you don't sweat.
What about golf? It's a sport and you don't sweat.
It's not a sport if you let a machine do all the work.
What about car racing?
Shut up, Baskin.
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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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