Big script
Big (1998)
Synopsis: After a wish turns 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) into a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks), he heads to New York City and gets a low-level job at MacMillen Toy Company. A chance encounter with the owner (Robert Loggia) of the company leads to a promotion testing new toys. Soon a fellow employee, Susan Lawrence (Elizabeth Perkins), takes a romantic interest in Josh. However, the pressure of living as an adult begins to overwhelm him, and he longs to return to his simple, former life as a boy.

SCENE 1

JOSH:

You are standing in the cavern of the evil wizard. All around you are

the carcasses of slain ice dwarfs...Melt the wizard. What do you want

to melt him with? What do you think I want to melt him with...(Josh,

don't forget to take out the garbage) Just a second! Throw

the...(Josh, did you hear what your mother said?) One minute! (Josh

Baskin!) Your hesitancy has cost you dearly. The wizard, sensing your

apprehension, unleashes a fatal blow from the ice scepter. With luck,

you will thaw in several million years. Great.

MOM:

C'mon Josh, it's starting to get awfully late!

JOSH:

Okay. Okay. Okay.

SCENE 2

JOSH:

Take the garbage out. Every day, take the garbage out...Rick Rodin is

on the mound for the Yankees! He looks into the catcher's mitt, shakes

off the first signal, takes the turn, wipes the sweat off his brow,

leans back and fires...

BILLY:

Yeah! Good-bye Mr. Spaulding! ...Here, here! Quick!

SCENE 3

JOSH:

Got it. Need it. Need it. Got it.

BILLY:

Hey. Hey. Hey! You ever go by Simpson's desk when she's grading

papers or somethin'? When she's leaned over, you can see right down

her shirt.

JOSH:

No!

BILLY:

Swear to God.

JOSH:

Bra?

BILLY:

No. No. She's got one of those undershirt things. So if you get real

close to the board, you can see all the way down to her flowers.

JOSH:

Woah!

BILLY:

Yeah. Give me your gum.

JOSH:

Need it. Got it. Got it. Need it...

BILLY:

Hey. Hey. Hey! Oh my God, it's Cynthia! How did a geek like Freddy

Benson get a sister like that?

JOSH:

Beats me.

CYNTHIA:

Hi Josh.

BILLY:

Hi!...He says hi!...Unbelievable! God! She likes you! I know she

likes you! I'll find out, okay!

SCENE 4

BILLY &

JOSH:

Shimmy, shimmy cocoa pop! Shimmy, shimmy rock! Shimmy, shimmy cocoa

pop! Shimmy, shimmy rock! I met a girlfriend a triscuit! She said, a

triscuit a biscuit! Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top! Ooh,

Shelly's out, walking down the street, ten times a week! I read it! I

said it! I stole my momma's credit! I'm cool! I'm hot! Sock me in

the stomach three more times!

JOSH:

Don't forget to call me after supper.

BILLY:

Okay.

JOSH:

Remember about Cynthia!

BILLY:

Don't worry! I'm as interested as you are.

SCENE 5

JOSH:

So, will you tell me?

BILLY:

You're in!

JOSH:

What do you mean, I'm in?

BILLY:

Cynthia Benson!

JOSH:

What about her?

BILLY:

You ready for this? She doesn't like Barry anymore!

JOSH:

So?

BILLY:

So what do you mean so?! That's it! She's available!

MOM:

Josh...?

JOSH:

It doesn't mean...

MOM:

Hey, it's after midnight. Now say goodnight to Billy.

JOSH:

Goodnight Billy. I've gotta go.

BILLY:

Goodnight Mrs. Baskin! Sweet dreams.

SCENE 6

DAD:

Are you sure you want to go on this thing, Son?

JOSH:

Yeah!

MOM:

Nah! Nah! I don't know about this one, Bob. No, this looks too

scary.

DAD:

It's okay.

JOSH:

Oh my gosh!

MOM:

See, I told you he doesn't want to go on it.

DAD:

Son, you know, you don't have to go on this thing if you don't feel

like it.

JOSH:

No! No! It's just that I...I want to go on it myself.

MOM:

You do?

JOSH:

Yeah. I think it's something...yeah, I think it's something I should

do.

DAD:

Great! Why don't we meet you at the ferris wheel.

JOSH:

Half hour.

SCENE 7

CYNTHIA:

Josh?

JOSH:

Oh, hi!

CYNTHIA:

Hi! Have you been on this before?

JOSH:

This?

CYNTHIA:

Yeah.

JOSH:

Yes.

CYNTHIA:

Is it scary?

JOSH:

Yes.

CYNTHIA:

Are you here alone?

JOSH:

Yes.

CYNTHIA:

Look. Aren't those your parents?

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Gary Ross

Gary Ross is an American film director, writer, and author. He directed the film The Hunger Games, as well as Pleasantville and the Best Picture nominated Seabiscuit. more…

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