BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY Big★★★★ 6.55-9.00pm Film Four
At a fairground 12-year-old David Moscow asks a “wish machine” to make him big. The next morning he awakens to find himself transformed into 31-year-old Tom Hanks. His mother, naturally, doesn’t recognise him and thinks he’s his own abductor so, with his 12-year-old friend Jared Rushton, Hanks runs away to New York. There he lands a job with a toy company where his still childlike imagination enables him to invent wonderful new toys and gains him promotion. He also gains the attention of decidedly adult colleague Elizabeth Perkins. All this could have become mawkish and a touch unpleasant but it’s nicely played and sensitively directed by Penny Marshall, so the end result is a gentle, often very funny fantasy.
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