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BIG Starring Tom Hanks Celebrates 35th Anniversary

BIG was released in theaters on June 3rd, 1988.

The 1988 film “Big” starring Tom Hanks was released 35 years ago today. It holds a special place in the hearts of movie lovers as a timeless classic. The film captured the essence of childhood wonder and the challenges of growing up. Penny Marshall directs the film. It tells the captivating story of a young boy who magically transforms into an adult overnight. He has to navigate the complexities of adulthood while maintaining his childlike spirit.

The film centers around Josh Baskin.

He is a 12-year-old boy frustrated by his lack of independence and stature in the world. When a mysterious fortune-telling machine grants his wish to be “big,” Josh wakes up the following day in the body of a 30-year-old man. Tom Hanks delivers an outstanding performance in this movie. He effortlessly embodies the innocence and curiosity of a child trapped in a grown man’s body.

The movie beautifully explores the stark contrast between childhood’s simplicity and adult life’s complexities. From securing a job at a toy company to navigating romantic relationships, Josh must confront the challenges and responsibilities of being an adult. Yet, he manages to navigate these unfamiliar waters with a childlike honesty and authenticity that endears him to both the characters within the film and the audience watching.

“Big” stands out for its heartfelt and poignant moments that resonate with viewers of all ages. The iconic piano scene, in which Josh and his love interest dance on a giant keyboard, has become a cinematic treasure, symbolizing the joy and freedom of childhood. Additionally, the film tackles themes of friendship, loyalty, and the importance of staying true to oneself, reminding audiences of the power of innocence and imagination.

Beyond its touching narrative, “Big” boasts a talented supporting cast.

The film features Elizabeth Perkins as Susan, who plays Josh’s love interest. Also in the film is Robert Loggia, who plays Mr. MacMillan, his mentor at the toy company. The film’s well-crafted script, delightful humor, and memorable performances contributed to its enduring appeal and continued popularity over the years.

“Big” is more than a coming-of-age story.

It is a celebration of the childlike wonder and imagination within each of us. The movie reminds us to embrace our inner child and find joy in the simplest pleasures. Its timeless message and Tom Hanks’ endearing performance have solidified its place as a beloved classic in the world of cinema. Whether you’re watching it for the first time or rewatching it years later, “Big” remains an enchanting and heartwarming film that captures the essence of being young at heart.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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