YMMV / Big

  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Before its release, there'd already been three Overnight Age-Up comedies made between 1987 and 1988: Like Father, Like Son, 18 Again! and Vice Versa (not to mention the Italian film Da grande, which was this film's direct inspiration), so many expected this film to tank and be forgotten. Instead, Big became the highest-grossing and most highly-praised film of the bunch.
  • Better on DVD: The extended cut elaborates further regarding Josh's wish to be big.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Cracked has a particularly disturbing interpretation regarding the movie's ending.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Misblamed: For a time, in Italy, this movie was considered an unofficial remake of "Da Grande" (an Italian movie with a very similar plot, aired a year before "Big"). It was actually just a coincidence, as the Overnight Age-Up theme had already been used in 1950s American movies.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Zoltar machine. Its overall appearance is bad enough (especially the glowing eyes when it's "working"), but the breathing sound it makes and the way the mouth opens and closes hugely is extremely disturbing. The scene when Josh discovers it's not plugged in thus manages to actually be chilling.
  • Signature Scene: Josh and Mr. MacMillan playing the floor keyboard at FAO Schwartz.
  • Tear Jerker: It's a short moment, but Josh crying for his mom during his first night as an adult in a motel. All while he hears someone outside his room shouting on the phone in Spanish and banging on the wall. Josh pushed the mirrored cabinet to block the door.
  • Values Dissonance: It's portrayed as sweet and romantic, but many people have pointed out that Josh and Susan's relationship is technically pedophilia.