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Big (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 3 June 1988 (USA)
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After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

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Mr. Baskin
Kimberlee M. Davis ...
Cynthia Benson
Oliver Block ...
Freddie Benson
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Cynthia's Friend
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Gym Teacher
Mark Ballou ...
Derek
Gary Howard Klar ...
Ticket Taker (as Gary Klar)
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Storyline

Josh Baskin would do anything to be big to hang out with his crush at the carnival. He finds a Zoltar machine, and he wishes to be big. After Zoltar tells him, "his wish is granted", Josh notices the machine is unplugged. He wakes up the next morning in an adult's body but he still has the same personality. With the help of his best friend, Billy, Josh learns how to act like a grown up. But as he gets a girlfriend and a fun job, he doesn't want to be a kid again. Will Josh stay big or become a 13 year old boy again?

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You're only young once! See more »


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3 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quisiera ser grande  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$114,968,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,668,774
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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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Along with Spaceballs (1987), Caddyshack II (1988), and Beetlejuice (1988), it's notable for containing the "F" word in a film rated PG during the PG-13 era. See more »

Goofs

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

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Josh: [playing racketball] That was under the line.
Paul: What?
Josh: That was under the line. You said it had to be over the line on a serve.
Paul: No, I didn't.
Josh: Yeah you did. You said it had to be over the line on a serve.
Paul: No I did not, now give me the goddamn ball!
Josh: Well that's cheating.
Paul: Give me the Goddamn ball, will you?
Josh: No.
Paul: Give me the ball, you little shit.
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Be a Helper Bee
Written by Kimberly A. Bradstreet
Performed by Kimberly and Friends
Courtesy of Dance and Jingle Inc.
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19 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

For some reason this movie makes me well up with tears of joy every single second I'm watching it. I think it's the concept of adults discovering the children inside themselves. The simple innocence and well-meaning intent of josh baskins in this movie is like a magic elixir that changes everyone and everything he comes in contact with.

This movie is amazing because I saw it when it came out, when I was 13 years old, the same age as josh baskins in the movie, and I loved it then. It speaks to you as a child because it's completely realistic, everything is just the way a kid would see it. Most of the time when adults try to simulate what it's like to be a child, they fail miserably (see all the 80's anti-drug propaganda ads as an example). It takes an immense amount of creativity and sensitivity to be able to write something like this. But then when I see this movie as an adult, it speaks to me on a completely different level. This film is a lesson to adults as well as children. Don't miss out on the fun and spirit of life! Don't get to wrapped up in your petty concerns of status and materialism, just try to enjoy every moment the most that you can, because you'll never get another chance to relive each moment of your life.

Any of these fools that didn't like this movie are just that, they've probably missed out completely on the message because they can't remember what it was like to be a kid, to see the world as one big optimistic toy you're lucky to be able to play with. Think about that and see this movie again if you don't remember how amazing it is...

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