Big | Chicago Reader

You searched for:

Search for…

Narrow Search

  • Author

  • Rating

  • Show only

 

Yet another comedy about a boy occupying a man's body, this one produced by James L. Brooks and Robert Greenhut, written by Anne Spielberg (sister of Steven) and Gary Ross, and directed by Penny Marshall (1988). A teenager attends a carnival, makes a wish about growing up to a fortune-telling machine, and promptly turns into Tom Hanks. While this is marginally better and more serious than most of the other movies in the cycle, the psychological ramifications of the change still aren't very convincing. The hero in this case becomes an ace executive at a toy company and wins the heart of Elizabeth Perkins (acquitting herself rather well here), but ultimately decides to become a Norman Rockwell teenager again. Once again, the overall premise is milked for some mild titillation involving the hero's sexual innocence, making one wonder if the genre's popularity might involve some deeply sublimated form of kiddie porn—arguably the distilled ideological essence of squeaky-clean Reaganism. In keeping with the overall Spielbergian metaphysics, even skid row has a scrubbed look here; but as far as the movie's message is considered—if only grown-ups could be more like kids—Jerry Lewis did an infinitely better job of plugging it in the 50s. With Robert Loggia, John Heard, and Jared Rushton.

Now Playing

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for Big

Reviews/comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review


Roll over stars and click to rate.