Star David Moscow Says Tom Hanks’ Classic Comedy Wouldn’t Be Made Today

Everybody Loves Big… we thought. The 1988 supernatural comedy about a boy (David Moscow) whose wish to grow up causes him to magically land in the body of his eldest (Tom Hanks) has been derided in recent years, with critics highlighting the possibly problematic relationship that ensues between Josh and a grown woman (Elizabeth Perkins).

Although never explicit, it does imply that the couple have sex in the film, leading to questions about whether the film romances what could be considered a form of pedophilia or statutory rape. Then again, maybe people overthink it. It’s a childhood fancyafter all, one might expect a 12-year-old boy’s vision of being an adult to involve some kind of sexual exploits.

Moscow, who made his film debut as young Josh, admitted to Yahoo Entertainment in a 2018 interview that he doesn’t think Big (released 35 years ago on Saturday) could be done the same way today.

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Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins in Big. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

“I think people would jump on it,” Moscow, now 48, told us. “If they did, the press, before it even came out, would tear it to shreds. The religious fanatics would be out there talking about it. People would be protesting. I don’t think you could.

Say Big was remade (because it isn’t these days?), you can bet Josh’s relationship with Susan (Perkins) would be altered, if not eliminated entirely.

“That would be fine,” Moscow said. “It would be a bit like the other body-switching comedies where it was more about father and son turning around.”

In other words, maybe they’ll just redo Vice versa instead.

Watch David Moscow talk about being studied by Tom Hanks for the movie:

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