I stumbled across this film on Netflix and was instantly attracted to it because it starred a younger Tom Hanks. About 15 minutes into the movie I realized that it was basically an older and male version of “13 Going On 30” starring Jennifer Garner. Nevertheless, it was entertaining and really funny.
The 13-year-old Joshua Baskin
It follows a similar 80s mold involving working and going upwards in the ranks of a large company. However, for Joshua Baskin (Hanks) who is a 13-year-old stuck in a 30-year-old’s body, this upward mobility comes quite naturally because this company loves his childish perspective. It was refreshing to see a friendlier side of the big New York companies with Joshua’s boss who really likes Joshua’s contributions. However, what’s a movie without conflict? Joshua encounters a rival coworker who can tell that there is something fishy about Joshua’s childish ways.
Unrealistic, of course, Joshua is able to assimilate into the company and afford living alone in New York City all in a matter of 6 weeks. However, he does develop a love interest, which is a little awkward to consider. Once you look past the age difference, Joshua’s relationship is a little endearing and teaches him a lot about himself.
I would recommend this movie to someone who hasn’t seen “13 Going On 30.” Although it is the original idea behind it, I liked “13 Going On 30” better and considered it to be a little bit more realistic (or at least as realistic as a movie of this nature can be) than “Big.” However, Tom Hanks does a wonderful job at portraying a 13-year-old and he is a delight to watch.
And just in case you haven't seen "13 Going On 30".....