The Dissolve

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“Every once in a while, actors get moments that show their untapped depths. For [Tom] Hanks, that moment arrives about 20 minutes into Big, in which he plays Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old kid whose wish to be bigger has led to him waking up in the body of the 30-year-old Hanks. Hanks is fun in his first scenes, convincing as a kid befuddled by his body hitting the fast-forward button overnight. But it’s when he breaks down in tears after being left alone in a flophouse near a pre-Giuliani Times Square that Big transforms from just another high-concept comedy—one of a flood of Freaky Friday-inspired late-’80s body-switching movies—into a rich film about growing up.”

The 25th-anniversary Blu-ray edition of 1988’s Big is named Essential Retro. Read the review…

“Every once in a while, actors get moments that show their untapped depths. For [Tom] Hanks, that moment arrives about 20 minutes into Big, in which he plays Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old kid whose wish to be bigger has led to him waking up in the body of the 30-year-old Hanks. Hanks is fun in his first scenes, convincing as a kid befuddled by his body hitting the fast-forward button overnight. But it’s when he breaks down in tears after being left alone in a flophouse near a pre-Giuliani Times Square that Big transforms from just another high-concept comedy—one of a flood of Freaky Friday-inspired late-’80s body-switching movies—into a rich film about growing up.”

The 25th-anniversary Blu-ray edition of 1988’s Big is named Essential Retro. Read the review…

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