What happens when a boy becomes an adult on the outside, but is still a kid on the inside? It becomes the film Big.
Directed by Penny Marshall and produced by James L. Brooks, the film starred Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a 12 year old living in New Jersey, who is transformed into an adult overnight – but only on the outside.
Confiding in his best friend Billy that he’s become an adult, Josh hides in New York City, getting a menial job at a toy company.
Accidentally meeting the owner, Josh shows off his knowledge of toys and is promoted to toy tester, while Billy keeps his secret and comes to hang out and experience Josh’s new world.
Josh is soon living in a swanky apartment, testing toys all day and starts dating a fellow employee Susan and living the adult life – while Billy begins to wonder if Josh really wants to return to being a kid.
Made for US$18 million, this little film hit the mark when released in June 1988, with movie goers recognizing Hanks from his TV work, and loving the premise of a kid hiding within an adult but still a kid.
With a slew of positive reviews, Big went on to earn over $150 million at the box office and helped make Hanks a movie star. It became the first Hollywood film directed by a woman to earn over $100 million.
Big was nominated for Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Hanks and Best Original Screenplay.
And for all the movie fans, this film was all about that deep down wish to act like a kid, no matter what your age.