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After a wish turns 12-year-old Josh Baskin into a thirty-something 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.
The biggest success of Hanks’s career to that point, the film also made Penny Marshall the first woman director to surpass $100 million at the box office.
“Penny Marshall brings a logic to the premise that is sustained through most of the movie. And where the other movies snickered at the sexual possibilities in the idea, she faces up to them with both candor and taste.” —Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer “...Directed by Penny Marshall with verve and impeccable judgment, drops a child's innocence into the corporate rat race as if it were a depth charge.” —Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
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