4TH INT'L WAYNE FEDERMAN FILM FEST: Big (presented by Lauren Lapkus)

Screening presented by Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is The New Black)! Goofy, floppy-haired and disarmingly charming, Tom Hanks delighted us in the ‘80s with a series of happy-go-lucky filmic adventures, all displaying a whimsical giddiness that’s still impossible to resist — with Big being possibly the most seminal and timeless. In the grand tradition of the era’s plentiful “switch” comedies, Big finds Hanks starting off as a 12-year-old who, after a visit to a mystical carnival attraction, magically transforms into an adult who accidentally snags a dream job at a Manhattan toy company. Hanks, co-stars Robert Loggia and Elizabeth Perkins, and director Penny Marshall manage to turn what could’ve been a cornball concept into a moving meditation on love, friendship and the loss of innocence. It’s a testament to them all that, somehow, even when the “adolescent in the adult body” begins a romance with Perkins’ unwitting, ultimate-cougar co-worker, it makes you feel warm ‘n fuzzy, rather than damp ‘n grody. An unexpected, rare female-helmed Hollywood blockbuster, and a movie that reminds us that we’re all kids at heart.
Dir. Penny Marshall, 1988, DCP, 104 min.

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