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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Big can be found here.

After being told that he is too short to go on a carnival ride, idiotic 12-year old Joshua 'Josh' Baskin (David Moscow) makes a wish on a Zoltar Speaks fortune-telling machine and asks to be big. Zoltan says that the wish will be granted and, to Josh's astonishment, the next morning he has grown into the body of a 30-year old but still retains his 12-year old mind. Now unrecognizable by his mother, grown-up Josh (Tom Hanks) is forced to strike out on his own. With the help of his best friend Billy Kopecky (Jared Rushton), he takes the bus to New York, gets a job at the MacMillan toy company, shares a romantic interlude with co-worker Susan (Elizabeth Perkins), and tries to find another Zoltar machine so that he can wish his 12-year old body back. But is that what he really wants to do?

American screenwriters Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg wrote the screenplay for the movie.

First, they play 'Heart and Soul', then 'Chopsticks.

Though some believe it to be Colossal (Cave) Adventure or an early Sierra Game, no known game up to 1988 accepts the commands "melt ice wizard" or "throw thermal pod" (as used in the movie), therefore one can assume the game screen was simply created for the movie.

Josh walks out of the board meeting and catches a cab to Sea Point Park where the Zoltar machine is now set up. He puts in his quarter and wishes to be a kid again. Susan, who has followed him, catches up. Realizing that his wish has been granted and finally believing that he is really a kid, she asks how old he is. 'Thirteen,' he tells her, having just had a birthday. Susan offers to drive him home, but tells him to keep her phone number. 'Maybe in ten years...?' As they pull up in front of Josh's house, Josh bends over to kiss Susan goodbye, but she kisses his forehead instead. As he walks up the street to his house, his clothes start becoming baggy. Now back to being a 13-year old, Josh turns to smile at Susan one last time, then runs into the house where his mother is overjoyed to see him home. In the final scene, Josh and Billy walk up the street together, pushing their bikes and chanting the words to their hand game.

The space goes down, down baby, down, down the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet baby, sweet, sweet, don't let me go. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. I met a girlfriend - a triscuit. She said, a triscuit - a biscuit. Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top. Ooh, Shelly's out, walking down the street, ten times a week. I read it. I said it. I stole my momma's credit. I'm cool. I'm hot. Sock me in the stomach three more times.

On DVD an Extended Cut of this Tom Hanks' classic has been released that contains nearly 30 minutes of new footage, making the movie over 130 minutes long. The Extended Edition shows a more distinct development of certain characters. There are for example scenes of the younger Josh (David Moscow), that give a better understanding about his wish to acquire adulthood faster. There are also scenes about the "adult" Josh, wishing to become a kid again and there's even more. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here. In Britain the movie was cut in order to get the BBFC PG rating. A short scene in which you can hear the F-word was left out. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be seen here.

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