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Tom Hanks received his first Academy Award nomination for his fine performance in this goofy comedy (he made up for not winning by being awarded consecutive best actor Oscars - for
- in the 1990s). He plays a 12-year-old boy transplanted by a carnival wishing contraption into a man's body, and his portrayal of a simple but sincere guy in a cynical world foreshadows his role as Gump. Elizabeth Perkins also makes an impact as a co-worker who finds herself strangely attracted to Hanks's little big man.
may well be a formula fantasy movie, but Penny Marshall's polished direction combined with Hanks's gauche charm make it the best of the spate of body-swap movies turned out by Hollywood in the late 1980s.
A boy ridiculed for his size makes a wish on a fairground machine to become bigger - only to wake up as a 30-year-old man. Driven from his home by his terrified mother, the bewildered youngster trapped in a grown-up body makes his way to New York, where he rises high in the ranks of a toy manufacturing company and applies his youthful enthusiasm to the complexities of adult life. Comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia.
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Kimberlee M Davis
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Edited for language.
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