Parents' Guide to

Big

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fantasy romcom has language, smoking, age gap concerns.

Movie PG 1988 104 minutes
Big Movie Poster: Tom Hanks smiles at the camera

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 38 parent reviews

age 16+

Does anyone see the pedophilia thread here?

Why does there need to be an implied sex scene between the adult and the adult whom we know is actually a child. In fact that adult is someone we have grown to care about and trust in the movie and continue to trust and see as good by the end. Do we not see how confusing this is for children or young teens who are watching this film? I’m sorry, but this is a completely inappropriate film, although funny and with actors we know and love. If this was truly a film for kids ( even teens), then please spare us the sexual and implied content between the adult and the child. I actually find this beloved film quite disturbing. Yet another 80s family movie with some inappropriate adult content slipped in but defended because it’s a classic.
age 16+

Definitely not PG

Disney+ has it rated as PG, while that doesn’t mean no cussing there is a use of the F-word and scenes that I would consider borderline pushing the PG boundary.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (38 ):
Kids say (83 ):

This heartwarming, funny movie does something inventive with the familiar plot of someone getting magically transplanted into someone else's body. Big is grounded by a strong, earnest performance from Hanks, who would go on a few years later to win back-to-back Oscars for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). The scene in which Josh spends a night alone in a seedy New York City motel, fidgeting until he breaks into tears, makes his situation gut-wrenchingly believable. He's not just imitating the mannerisms of an awkward 13-year-old -- there's a profound innocence about him that's both vulnerable and irresistibly charming. David Moscow, playing the young Josh, is a terrific counterpart for Hanks, and Perkins looks appropriately bewildered by it all as the reluctant love interest. Penny Marshall directs with an uncharacteristically subdued hand, employing no camera tricks or overblown music. She lets the performers and the sharp script do the speaking, and the result is this memorable late-1980s hit.

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