About Sex, But Not – ‘Big’ (1988)

9 Jan

ON THE SURFACE – Young boy Josh Baskin wishes he were older… And then finds out his wish comes true.

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SCRAPING THE BARREL – Young boy Josh Baskin wishes he were with an older woman… And then finds out his wish comes true. 1988 film Big is about the realities of age gaps in relationships. Don’t get me wrong, age certainly is nothing but a number (in my book anyway) but sometimes it really is, well, your age. Josh (David Moscow and Tom Hanks) wants an older girl and bags one in the form of Susan (Elizabeth Perkins), who doesn’t half act like the cat that got all the cream with her new younger catch. And whilst they clearly do have fun (going dancing, visiting the fair), age related cracks in the relationship start to appear. He is fanatical about toys and loves playing with them; she is a grown up cynic who only see’s their monetary value. She has a double bed; he has bunk beds. He likes Pepsi, trampolines and plastic rings; she prefers champagne, parties and proper gold jewellery. It’s not that they don’t have fun or get along, but it is a bit creepy when you take the virginity of someone who’s a third of your age. Especially when your ex (John Heard with all the bitterness of someone being dumped for a younger, better model of themselves) knows about it. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how good he is, the amount of youthful energy he has, how beautiful he makes you feel or how much he idolises your breasts (especially with the lights on!!), when you’re fucking a minor that still lives at home, sometimes you have to draw a line in the sand and move on… Or drop him home. In your car. Because he’s too young to learn how to drive.

2 Responses to “About Sex, But Not – ‘Big’ (1988)”

  1. nikvestberg January 9, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    I love Big! Although I’ve never seen it on a date I’d lik to think it would be the perfect date movie…and still the best thing Tom Hanks has done, in my humble opinion. I do find it interesting to think about how he would carry on living as a kid with all these adult memories and experiences behind him. Surely that would really mess him up and make for an interesting film itself. It’s been a while, so I can’t remember how it ends. Do they mention if he will keep his “adult memories” or not?

    • lydiarghgrace January 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      I don’t think it’s mentioned but it’s implied that he will remember everything, as will Elizabeth Perkins character. In that sense, although it’s a fun film, it does end on a slightly dark tone. Especially as you think the older he gets, he might re-evaluate what happened and come up with a different perspective…

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