In this 1988 fantasy comedy film, Tom Hanks plays Josh, a teenage boy who goes to a fair and wishes on a fortune telling machine that he wants to be big. The next morning he wakes up as a fully grown man. While he is waiting to reverse his wish, he must get a job, and along the way he meets a toy executive named Susan Lawrence, played by Elizabeth Perkins.
In order for Tom Hanks to accurately portray a 12 year old boy, the director (Penny Marshall) had the child actor of Josh (David Moscow) act out all of the grown up scenes, and Tom Hanks imitated his behaviour. This worked out very well for Hanks, as he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in this film. Big was also nominated for Best Writing and Original Screenplay Oscar as well. It was a roaring success at the time, and the scene with Tom Hanks and his boss (Robert Loggia) playing on the piano has become a lasting part of pop culture.
This movie was actually a win for women in Hollywood, Penny Marshall the director, became the first woman to direct a film that grossed over 100 million at the box office.