Penny Marshall's comedy/fantasy concerns Josh Baskin, a boy whose carnival ground wish to be "big" comes true one morning when he wakes up as a young man (Hanks). Telling his incredible secret only to best friend Billy (Rushton), Josh goes out to navigate the adult world; his naive intelligence and refreshingly simple outlook on life end up bringing him success. But does Josh want to stay big and miss out on the rest of his childhood — and if not, how can he return to his former life and size?
This irresistible film brings off its far-fetched premise with considerable warmth and charm. Hanks excels as man-boy Josh, and Loggia is also terrific as the toy magnate who mentors him. But it's Heard who has a comic field day playing Paul, a suspicious, resentful colleague who loses considerable ground to Josh, as his boss and girlfriend Susan (Perkins) rejects him for this wunderkind who seemingly came out of nowhere. Don't miss the priceless scene where Josh and Susan have their first "sleep-over." For "Big" entertainment, see this gem.