In Big (1988), Tom Hanks played a boy in the body of a man. This comedy-drama repeats the trick by casting Robin Williams as a ten-year-old who looks like a 40-year-old, thanks to an ageing disorder that has made his body mature at an incredible rate.
Diane Lane and Brian Kerwin give subtle performances as Jack’s confused parents, and there’s a sweet contribution from actress/singer Jennifer Lopez as his teacher.
Unfortunately, Williams goes over the top again and his exuberance is unchecked by director Francis Ford Coppola but, at least, the film’s heart is in the right place.
Francis Ford Coppola