A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
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?
The tune Josh and MacMillan play on the piano is "Heart and Soul" by Hoagy Carmichael. See more »
When Josh is walking towards the Zoltar machine at the fair, the arcade games to his left are not in play mode. The kids standing at the arcade games appear to be actively playing them, even though they are in the "insert coin" mode. See more »
"Big" is a captivating, funny, heartwarming movie starring Tom Hanks. It is well deserving of any and all accolades. A kid, Josh, makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big - and Zoltar grants it. The boy becomes a man - on the outside, anyway. When Josh's own mother doesn't know him, his best friend helps him relocate in New York City while his family thinks he's been kidnapped. He finds a job at a toy company and the big boss (Robert Loggia) recognizes him as an eccentric genius, continually promoting him over his competition (John Heard). A young woman in the company (Elizabeth Perkins) falls in love with him. When he brings her to his new, gorgeous apartment, she sees his bunk bed, soda machine, and trampoline.
This movie was remade as "13 Going on 30," which was also a delightful movie, but not nearly as memorable as "Big." As we watch Hanks spitting out Beluga caviar at the office party, eating his way through the buffet, and dressing in what can only be called a white Elvis tuxedo, we realize how far we all are from our child within and that sense of wonder and freedom that brings with it original thoughts and creativity. As the boy Josh starts identifying more with his external appearance and discovers sex and the pressures of work, he realizes that something is missing.
Everyone in the film is excellent, including Josh's adult love interest, Elizabeth Perkins, John Heard, Robert Loggia, Mercedes Ruehl, and Jared Rushton as Billy, Josh's best friend. The end is adorable and worthy of some tears - which I shed. Highly recommended.
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