Growing up is really hard to deal with sometimes. Your standing in line for a ride at a local carnival and when you get to be first in line and that stupid cardboard finger measuring to see how tall you are says your too short and you can't ride on the ride really sucks. What is worse is there is a cute girl from your school and she can ride and you can't really makes you feel three feet tall. Well Josh (Tom Hanks) has just experienced it and he feels terrible. Now he sees one of those wish machines and for a lark he goes and outs his money into it and wishes for the machine to make him big. What's weird is the machine gives him his money back.
Next morning, Josh wakes up and he is big. He has aged about 20 years and he's a big guy now. Well the first thing is you try and get by your mom ( Mercedes Ruehl) before she has a cow and find your friend Billy (Jared Rushton).
OK so you find Billy and he freaks out on you. You have to make him believe it's you and he does he still freaks out again. So what do you do? You can't go to school and you can't go back home. So you go to the big city and try and find that machine. What's even funnier is the carnival has moved and the machine is gone. You head to city hall and they tell you it will be a while to find that machine. So you scrape up your funds and get a room. You get a job and what a better place to work but a toy manufacturer. Macmillan toy to be exact.
So you start your job and of course on one of your first days you run into Mr. Macmillan (Robert Loggia), literally. Now you also happen to take a shine to one of your co-worker named Susan (Elizabeth Perkins). Her boyfriend doesn't like it but Paul (John Heard) will have to get over it.
So are you going to stay old and miss all those years you have skipped or do you find that machine. Watch the movie and you will know the truth. This is an excellent afternoon movie when your bored. It's cute and funny. Director Penny Marshall does a beautiful job with this story. It makes you feel that if you have that child like quality in your life that you will always be a happy person. So enjoy Big and never feel like a small person again.