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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 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 12-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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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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1.85 : 1
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Jared Rushton's (Billy) hair was dyed for the film. He's a natural blonde. See more »

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At the Macmillan party, the upright bass player at one point stops playing and says something to another man, then carries on playing, but you could still here the bass even though he stopped playing. See more »

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Motel Clerk: Hey Angel, get out of that bathroom now.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks (2004) See more »

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Figaro's Aria
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Written by Gioachino Rossini (as Gioachino Antonio Rossini)
Performed by Pasquale Pugliese
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might enter the "classic" category
30 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Saw this movie again recently and found that it stands up well to repeat viewings. Tom Hanks meets a difficult challenge here - to convincingly show us how a twelve-year old boy would act if he were trapped in an adult's body and had to "pass" in a grownup world. He meets the challenge in spades, aided by a script that is by turns witty, clever, insightful, and touching, and by Penny Marshall's able direction. Much is added by Robert Loggia's sympathetic portrayal of Tom/Josh's boss, and by Jared Rushton as his friend Billy. The movie is much more than an exercise in slapstick or farce: it is really a disquisition on the wonder of childhood. In the end it is quite touching, if not moving, reminding us all of the innocence of youth and the aching sadness of recalling its loss. Too early to tell, but the film might very well be destined to become a classic.


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