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Flashback Friday - Big

Big-tom-hanks-zoltar  This week's Flashback Friday is brought to you by geeky adolescence and Zoltar Speaks. 



Josh Baskins is 13 and small for his age. When a run-in with school bullies at the carnival prompt him to wish he was "big" at a fortune telling machine, he wakes up as Tom Hanks. Naturally, having her son replaced by the star of "Bosom Buddies" freaks his mom out, who chases him to the curb, thinking her son has been kidnapped. Homeless, Josh flees to NYC with help from his pal Billy (whom he is able to convince of his identity) and falls into a job as a toy executive after winning the CEO (Robert Loggia) over with his foot piano prowess.

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There he meets Susan (Elizabeth Perkins), a yuppie toy executive who has definitely lost her inner child, until Josh comes around. While a romance blooms between them, Josh still misses being a kid for real. However, when he tells Susan he's really 13 years old, she just thinks he means he's, you know, emotionally immature and afraid of commitment, which is something she's familiar with, and something I'm sure a lot of us can relate to, amirite?

Josh eventually tracks down the Zoltar machine that turned him into Tom Hanks and, when Susan tracks him down, she realizes he wasn't kidding when he said he was 13. Josh asks Susan to let the machine make her 13 again and go back with him. However, like most of us, Susan is not eager to repeat middle school and tells Josh, sadly, to look her up in 10 years. 

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I loved this movie as a kid, but now I have a concern I didn't at 8 years old: didn't Josh and Susan end up sleeping together? I watched this movie dozens of times throughout my pre-adolescence and it never fazed me but now...man, does that open a whole big Mary Kay Letourneau can of worms. At eight, my big Big question was, "OMG where do I get a piano you play with your feet?" And, at almost 30, I'd still kind of like to have one.






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Comments

Jen O.

I LOVE this movie. Then and now. My favourite part is at his office party when he eats the mini corn like you would a normal sized corn. Yeah. I still do that for shits and giggles.

LindsayGoon

Um Gene Hackman? That would be Robert Loggia!

Snarky Amber

@LindsayGoon That'll teach me to write before I've had coffee. The post is fixed. Thanks for the heads up.

Seamonkologist

Watched this just a couple days ago, can't help myself when I see it on TV. Love when he shows up to the office party in the white Liberace tux, checking his fly when everyone starts cracking up.

Dawn

And yeah, they totally ended up sleeping together though it wasn't explicitly stated. And he goes looking for Zoltar again when he realized that he had lost his inner child, uh, self, um something.

But enjoyable. Always enjoyable...

funda62

Great movie then and now. Just don't over think it.




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