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Big (1988)

Big
Directed by Penny Marshall
Written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg
(number 199)

Hey! A movie directed by a woman! That’s kinda rare on my list, and the Anne who co-wrote it is the sister of the more famous Stephen.

I can’t count the number of times I watched this movie as a kid, but I can do the whole ‘shimmy shimmy coco pop’ bit that he has with his best friend Billy so… I guess it was a lot of times.

It’s a body swap movie, sort of, and it’s a coming of age story, except that he chooses at the end to not mature, but to live life at its proper prescribed pace. The conundrum of being a child and wanting so desperately to be adult and responsible and in charge of your own life contrasted with the yearning of adults to return to a simpler time when all you had to do was go to school, play and hang out with your friends.

It’s a movie I watched so much as a kid and didn’t exactly understand some of. Like… I knew that the joking about ‘being on top’ in the bunk wasn’t really about the top bunk – but I also didn’t get that it basically meant that the love interest woman was sleeping with a child. It’s pretty disturbing when viewed that way.

Does it make me love the people? It’s baby Tom Hanks, who could do anything but love him? He’s sensitive and vulnerable and he’s such a gifted actor that you believe he’s really just 12 or 13.

Bechdel test: There are a plethora of named women, and they’re pretty complex and pretty interesting, but they’re only in scenes with male characters which is a shame. I love his mother, who immediately goes to the knife wielding threatening ‘you’d better not harm my son’ at the start of the movie, and it’s brilliant.

Best line: down down baby, down by the rollercoaster, sweet sweet baby never gonna let you go (that whole rap, I thought I was the coolest for learning it as a kid) 

State of Mind: Conflicted. This is some messed up nostalgia. 

I feel I must include this

Big
Directed by Penny Marshall
Written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg
(number 199)

Hey! A movie directed by a woman! That’s kinda rare on my list, and the Anne who co-wrote it is the sister of the more famous Stephen.

I can’t count the number of times I watched this movie as a kid, but I can do the whole ‘shimmy shimmy coco pop’ bit that he has with his best friend Billy so… I guess it was a lot of times.

It’s a body swap movie, sort of, and it’s a coming of age story, except that he chooses at the end to not mature, but to live life at its proper prescribed pace. The conundrum of being a child and wanting so desperately to be adult and responsible and in charge of your own life contrasted with the yearning of adults to return to a simpler time when all you had to do was go to school, play and hang out with your friends.

It’s a movie I watched so much as a kid and didn’t exactly understand some of. Like… I knew that the joking about ‘being on top’ in the bunk wasn’t really about the top bunk – but I also didn’t get that it basically meant that the love interest woman was sleeping with a child. It’s pretty disturbing when viewed that way.

Does it make me love the people? It’s baby Tom Hanks, who could do anything but love him? He’s sensitive and vulnerable and he’s such a gifted actor that you believe he’s really just 12 or 13.

Bechdel test: There are a plethora of named women, and they’re pretty complex and pretty interesting, but they’re only in scenes with male characters which is a shame. I love his mother, who immediately goes to the knife wielding threatening ‘you’d better not harm my son’ at the start of the movie, and it’s brilliant.

Best line: down down baby, down by the rollercoaster, sweet sweet baby never gonna let you go (that whole rap, I thought I was the coolest for learning it as a kid) 

State of Mind: Conflicted. This is some messed up nostalgia. 

I feel I must include this

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