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.
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?
28 years later, Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert parodied the film on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015). Which Hanks (As himself) finally finds the Zoltar machine (Colbert) in a storage room and Zoltar mistakes Hanks for Tim Allen and Hanks reminds Zoltar what happened in the film and Hanks wishes for Zoltar to make him 30 years old again and Zoltar gives Hank a film script he had written and Zoltar grants Hanks his wish. See more »
Susan's hand on Josh's chin when he's about to return home. See more »
All he said was he didn't get it.
"I don't get it." "I don't get it". "Let's make it a bug".
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The Region 4 DVD release removes the use of the 'f' word. Approx 10 seconds is altered overall. See more »
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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