DiscoverThe Next Picture Show#172: Little Big Guys, Pt. 1 - Big (1988)
#172: Little Big Guys, Pt. 1 - Big (1988)

#172: Little Big Guys, Pt. 1 - Big (1988)

Update: 2019-04-16
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The new SHAZAM, about a 14-year-old kid granted the power of becoming a grown-up superhero, openly acknowledges the debt it owes to Penny Marshall’s 1988 breakthrough BIG, which made a potent comic fantasy out of what adolescents imagine adulthood to be. In this first half of our pairing of the two films, we wrestle with BIG's age-shifted central relationship and marvel over how stars Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins manage to find some real sweetness within an uncomfortable romantic scenario, which leads us to consider how the horrors lurking beneath the comedic premise reveal themselves with age, and whether the film works despite that. Plus, some feedback inspired by our recent episodes on INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and US, and a response to some criticism of our recent string of superhero pairings.

Please share your comments, thoughts, and questions about BIG, SHAZAM, or anything else film-related by sending an email to comments@nextpictureshow.net, or leaving a short voicemail at (773) 234-9730.

Works Cited:
• ’Big’ Is Secretly a Horror Movie, by Shea Serrano (TheRinger.com)
• ‘Big’ Review, by Keith Phipps (TheDissolve.com)
• Robert De Niro and the origin of “The Face,” by Scott Tobias (TheDissolve.com)

Outro music: Nelly, “Country Grammar”

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#172: Little Big Guys, Pt. 1 - Big (1988)

#172: Little Big Guys, Pt. 1 - Big (1988)

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