Synopsis: A young boy (David Moscow) makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big. He wakes up the following morning to find that it has been granted and his body has grown older overnight. But he is still the same 13-year-old boy inside. Now he must learn how to cope with the unfamiliar world of grown-ups including getting a job and having his first romantic encounter with a woman. What will he find out about this strange world?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Penny Marshall
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

"You are standing

in the cavern of the evil wizard.

All around you are the carcasses

of slain ice dwarfs."

Melt-- Melt wizard.

"What do you want

to melt him with?"

What do you think

I want to melt him with?

I told you to take out the garbage!

Just a second!

Throw thermal--

Josh! Didn't you hear

what your mother said?

One minute!

Joshua Baskin!

"Your hesitancy

has cost you dearly.

"The wizard,

sensing your apprehension,

"unleashes a fatal bolt

from the ice scepter.

With luck, you will thaw

in several million years."


Come on, Josh. It's starting

to stink up the place.

Okay, okay, okay.

Take the garbage out.

Every day, take the garbage out. There!

The teams are being led into the field,

and the crowds are going crazy! Yeah! Yeah!

And wait a minute. It's the Yankees'

star pitcher coming out of the bullpen.

Look at him! And the crowds

are cheering. They're going crazy!

They're screaming!

Is Billy there? Okay.

In the back.

Rick Rhoden is on the mound

for the Yankees.

He looks into the catcher's mitt,

shakes off the first signal,

takes the turn.

He wipes the sweat off his brow,

leans back and fires.

Yeah! Good-bye,

Mr. Spalding!

Here, here. Wait.

Got it, need it,

need it, got it.


Hey, hey, hey!

You ever go by Simpson's desk

when she's grading papers or somethin'?

She leaned over,

you can see right down her shirt.


Swear to God.


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.


Yeah. Give me your gum.

Need it, got it,

got it, need it.

Hey, hey.

- Give me a dollar! Give me--

- Oh, my God. It's Cynthia.

How did a geek like Freddie Benson

get a sister like that?

Beats me.

- I mean, imagine having

a boyfriend like that.

- Hi, Josh.

- Hi.

- Oh, my God. It's Billy.

Come on!

Don't start.

He says hi!

- Come on, Miss Cheapo.

A quarter! A quarter.

- Unbelievable!

God. She likes you.

I know she likes you.

I'll find out, okay?

# Shimmy, shimmy, koko bop

Shimmy, shimmy, rock #

# Shimmy, shimmy, koko bop

Shimmy, shimmy rock #

# I met a girlfriend

A Triscuit #

# She said a Triscuit

a biscuit #

# Ice cream soda pop

vanilla on the top #

# Ooh, Shalida

walkin' down the street

# I meant it, I said it

I stole my mama's credit #

# I'm cool, I'm hot

Sock you in the stomach

three more times ##

Don't forget to

call me after supper.


Remember about Cynthia.

Don't worry!

I'm as interested

as you are.

This isn't fair.

Buddy, we've been

talkin' about this for months.

You knew this was gonna happen

when Rachel got older.

- Why can't she stay in your room?

- Because.

Bein' part of a family

means sharing responsibilities.

Great. But do I have to share my room?

I'm a person.

I am not your maid.

Can any of you appreciate that?

You waltz in here like

it's some kind of a resort--

lounging around, waiting

foryour dinner to be cooked,

your clothes to be ironed.

What about me, huh? Have you ever

once thought about how I feel?

Do you know what it's like to work

eight hours and come home to this?

Every single day?

None of you

ever offer to help me!


I can't do it alone anymore.

Just can't.

And if you tell them anything

that goes on in this room,

well, you'll be sorry.

So, will you tell me?

- You're in.

- What do you mean, I'm in?

- Cynthia Benson.

- What about her?

You ready for this?

She doesn't like Barry anymore.

- So?

- So what do you mean, "so"?

That's it. She's available.

Billy, it doesn't mean--


Hey, it's after midnight.

Now, say good night to Billy.

Good night, Billy.

I gotta go.

Good night, Mrs. Baskin!

Sweet dreams.

All right. Come on.

One dollar. Come on, kid.

Watch this. Need some help

with the hammer?

Okay. I'm ready.

Here I go. Here I go.

I get one more try. One more try.

Okay, honey.

Big smile. Big smile.

Go! Go! Go!

Good. Good.

Oh, "wimpy"!

Better luck next time.

Let me get one more try?

Please? Come on!

I can't live with "wimpy."

Mommy! Make it stop!

You sure you want to

go on this thing, son?


No, no. I don't know

about this one, Bob.

No, this looks too scary.

It's okay.

Oh, my God.

See? I told you.

He doesn't want to go on it.

Son, you don't

have to go on this thing

if you don't feel like it.

No, no. It's just that I--

I want to go on myself.

You do?


I think it's something--

Yeah, I think it's

something I should do.

Great. Why don't we meet you

at the Ferris wheel?

Half hour.

Excuse me.


What are you doing?

Come on, man.

Watch it.

Sal threw up on the other ride.

It was disgusting.


Oh. Hi.


Have you been on this before?



- Yes.

- Is it scary?

- Yes.

- Are you here alone?


Look. Aren't those

your parents?


Right over there.

Honey! Smile!

Why, yes.

Hey, who's this?

This is Josh Baskin.

How you doin'?

This is Derek.

- He drives.


Go ahead.

Yo, next!

Go ahead.

Yo, next!

Whoa! Read this sign.

"You must be at least

this big to ride this ride."

What? Oh.

Hey, I don't make

the rules, kid.

Next! Next!

Well, it's a stupid rule.

Look, why don't you

try the Kiddie Whip?

Yeah, it's about time.

You. You.

See you, Josh.

No problem. Step up.

Hey, watch it, kid!

Hey. Come on, you guys.

Let's go.

"Drop 25 cents here."

Come on!

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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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