How well do you remember the Tom Hanks movie Big?

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How well do you remember the Tom Hanks movie Big?
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Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top! When Susan pours milk into her coffee, she doesn't notice the photo of a "MISSING" young Josh Baskin on the carton. But Josh and his best friend Billy can't think of anything else but getting Josh back to his 13-year-old self. See how much you remember about "big" and "kid" Josh's life.
What does 13-year-old Josh Baskin wish for at the carnival fortune teller?
for his crush to like him
to be big
to be a kid
to be tall
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After being told he was too short to ride -- in front of his crush! -- young Josh makes a wish "to be big" at the carnival fortune-telling machine.

The game young Josh plays at the beginning of the movie wasn't a real game. What's the name of this fictional game?
Cavern of the Evil Wizard
Legend of Zelda
Super Mario Bros.
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Young Josh, at the start of the movie, is attempting to melt the wizard in Cavern of the Evil Wizard, a fictional role-playing game. Just as he's "standing in the cavern of the evil wizard. All around you are the carcasses of slain ice dwarfs ... Melt the wizard. What do you want to melt him with?" -- his mom was yelling at him to take out the garbage. And the wizard kills him with an ice scepter.

Which of these wasn't a tagline for the coming-of-age movie?
"Chris and his dad have accidentally changed bodies - but no big deal."
"Have You Ever Had a Really Big Secret?"
"Remember When Buddies Were Buddies, Girls Were a Mystery, and You Couldn't Wait to Grow Up?"
"You're only young once!"
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"Have You Ever Had a Really Big Secret?," "Remember When Buddies Were Buddies, Girls Were a Mystery, and You Couldn't Wait to Grow Up?" and "You're only young once!" are three of several taglines for "Big." "Chris and his dad have accidentally changed bodies - but no big deal" was the tagline for another coming-of-age movie, 1987's "Like Father Like Son."


How long does it take young Josh's wish to come true?
about a month
about a week
about six weeks
just overnight
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By the time young Josh wakes up the next morning, he's already turned into a grown-up.

Who does young Josh talk to at night on his walkie-talkie?
Cynthia Benson
Freddie Benson
Scotty Brennen
Billy Kopecki
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Young Josh and his best friend Billy Kopecki, who lives next door, talk to each other on walkie-talkies.

What's the name of the fortune-telling machine at which Josh wishes "to be big"?
Estrella's Prophecies
Gypsy Grandma
Madame Zita
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Zoltar, the fortune-telling machine, was located -- for the movie -- at Rye Playland, an old waterfront amusement park in Westchester County, New York.


Zoltar moves and the machine dispenses a "Your Wish Is Granted" card. That seems normal, until young Josh notices what about the machine?
it's broken
it looks like it could be brand new
it's rusty
it's unplugged
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Young Josh freaks out when he sees that the fortune-telling machine was unplugged the whole time he was using it. Creepy.

Josh has a little sister. What's her name?
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Josh's little sister's name is Rachel.

Billy Kopecki tells young Josh that he's "in" with ______?
Cynthia Benson
Cynthia Benson's sister
Susan, at the toy company
the woman in the red dress
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"How did a geek like Freddy Benson get a sister like that?" wonders Billy. "You ready for this? She doesn't like Barry anymore!" And young Josh is "in."


Big Josh raps for his friend Billy Kopecki, to prove he's the real Josh. What's the name of his rap?
"Just a Friend"
"Me Myself and I"
"Parents Just Don't Understand"
"Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Pop"
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And if goes just like this, "The space goes down, down baby, down, down the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet baby, sweet, sweet, don't let me go. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. I met a girlfriend - a triscuit. She said, a triscuit - a biscuit. Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top. Ooh, Shelly's out, walking down the street, 10 times a week. I read it. I said it. I stole my momma's credit. I'm cool. I'm hot. Sock me in the stomach three more times."

Where does young Josh live?
New Jersey
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Young Josh Baskin and his family live in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

Where does big Josh live?
Jersey City
Los Angeles
New York City
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As a grown-up, Josh lives in a loft in Manhattan, in New York City.


Where does big Josh stay the first night he's away from home?
at the Hotel Chelsea
at The Plaza
at the St. James
at the Waldorf Astoria
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Billy and Josh choose a room for big Josh at a dingy motel called the St. James. Billy's advice for the night? "I'd use the chain if I were you."

After just one week at the company, big Josh is promoted from data processing to what?
chairman of the board
chief gaming officer
vice president
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After being at MacMillan Toy Company for just one week, Mr. M promotes big Josh to vice president in charge of product development. Basically, Josh gets to play with and think up toys.

What is Josh's job when he's "big"?
he works as a baseball manager
he works as a hitman for the mob
he works at a toy company
he works as a Wall Street trader
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He's hired into the data processing department at the toys and games company, MacMillan Toys.


Where does big Josh say he went to school during his interview at the toy company?
George Washington
Harvard University
New Jersey City (NJCU)
New York University (NYU)
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"It was called George Washington," big Josh tells the hiring manager at MacMillan Toy Company.

Where does Josh's mother think he is when he's "big"?
that he's at camp
that he's been kidnapped
that he's been taken by his estranged father
that he's over at Billy's house
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This is a terrible story for Josh's mother, who spends the movie wondering where her son is, and if he's OK. Not to forget big Josh turns up in her house, a man she assumes is his kidnapper.

When Billy Kopecki's angry at Josh, he reminds him of the time he broke his arm where?
on Billy's roof
in Billy's treehouse
on Billy's bike's handlebars
on the monkey bars at school
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"You broke your arm on my roof! You hid in MY basement when Robert Dyson was about to rip your head off!" Billy yells at big Josh when Josh seems to be forgetting who he is -- a 13-year-old kid and Billy's best friend.


What kind of ring does Josh give to his coworker Susan, the night she sleeps over?
a decoder ring
a glow-in-the-dark compass ring
a puzzle ring
a signet ring
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Josh gives Susan a glow-in-the-dark compass ring. "So you don't get lost," he tells her.

What NFL team jersey does Susan wear to bed when she sleeps over Josh's apartment?
Kansas City Chiefs
L.A. Lakers
New Jersey Devils
New York Jets
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Susan wears Josh's New York Jets jersey to bed. In 1988, Mark Gastineau wore the No. 99 jersey for the Jets.

When big Josh cashes his first paycheck, how would he like the $187.30 returned to him?
as three $50s, one $20, three $5s, two $1s and three dimes
as three dimes, one $100, and 87 $1 bills
as three dimes, one $100, four $20s and seven $1 bills
as 30 pennies, one $100 and 87 $1
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After a brief consultation with Billy, Josh asks for his cashed paycheck as "three dimes, one hundred dollar bill and 87 ones."


Big Josh, trying to convince his mother that he's her son, says his birthday is when?
in January
in June
in July
in November
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To prove to his mother that he's really her son, big Josh tells her he was turned into a grown up after making a wish at a machine at last night's carnival. And that he got a B on his history test. And his birthday is November 3.

What baseball team does young Josh play for?
the Dukes
the Monsters
the Red Raiders
the Sox
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Big Josh, when he surprises his mother as a grown-up in her house, tells her he plays for a baseball team called the Dukes, when trying to convince her he's the real deal.

Where's Josh's birthmark?
behind his left knee
between his eyebrows
on the back of his neck
on his upper lip
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Trying to convince his mother he's woken up "big," big Josh drops his pants (and -- it's cringeworthy -- he's wearing young Josh's underwear) in front of her to show off the birthmark behind his left knee.


How old is big Josh?
18 years old
21 years old
26 years old
30 years old -- or older!
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Josh, frustrated at being a grown-up, says to Billy, "I'm going to be 30 years old for the rest of my life." But Billy reminds him, "you may be older than that!"

What color is the tuxedo big Josh wears to the company party?
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Big Josh's tuxedo is an ivory tail coat with gold and silver embellishments with matching pants and vest.

What do big Josh and Susan play at Josh's apartment?
air hockey
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Susan's hesitant, but she does jump on the trampoline with big Josh.


How long does it take for the consumer affairs office to process Billy Kopecki and big Josh's request to find Zoltar?
6 minutes
6 days
6 weeks
6 months
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Billy Kopecki and big Josh visit a consumer affairs office where they apply for a list of carnivals and fairs, looking for locations of Zoltar machines. But they're told it'll take six weeks to process.

Is it true there was a musical inspired by the movie?
yes, it was called "Big The Musical"
yes, it was written but it never opened
no, there was never a musical
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It's true there was a musical inspired by the 1988 film. "Big The Musical" opened on Broadway in April 1996 and closed in October that same year.

What song did Josh's mom sing to him when he was a little boy?
"Killing Me Softly," performed by Roberta Flack
"Moonshadow," performed by Cat Stevens
"Song Sung Blue," performed by Neil Diamond
"The Way We Were," performed by Barbra Streisand
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When big Josh phones up his mother to tell her young Josh is alright, she wants proof he's alive. She asks, "Ask him what I used to sing to him when he was a little boy." Momentarily stumped, big Josh remembers and sings 1973's "The Way We Were," from the movie of the same name.


What song do Josh and the toy company's owner, Mr. MacMillan, play on the foot-operated keyboard at FAO Schwarz?
"Linus and Lucy"
"Jingle Bells"
"Heart and Soul"
"The Entertainer"
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"Heart and Soul" -- and they also play a little "Chopsticks."

Big Josh, while shopping at the FAO Schwartz store, has what kind of fight with a kid named Jordan in the aisles?
laser gun
foam darts
virtual reality (VR)
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The day he bumps into Mr. M at FAO Schwartz, big Josh engages in a laser gun fight with a kid named Jordan.

What kind of hockey is Josh good at?
air hockey
ice hockey
roller hockey
video hockey
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"I'm much better at video hockey," big Josh tells his co-worker Paul.


Where is the Zoltar fortune-telling machine when Josh uses it to become "a kid again"?
Dorney Park
Luna Park in Coney Island
Playland Amusement Park
Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Big Josh learns from Billy that there is a Zoltar fortune-telling machine at Playland Amusement Park, also known as Rye Playland, an old waterfront amusement park in Westchester County, New York. He goes there to become "a kid again."

Who drives Josh home, after he wishes to be "a kid again"?
Mr. MacMillan
Mrs. Baskin
a limosine
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Susan drives big Josh to his childhood neighborhood. From the driver's seat of her 1988 Subaru XT6, she watches him go from big to kid.

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