Documentaries to See Before You Die Part I

  1. Apollo 11 – 2019
  2. 20 Feet from Stardom – 2013
  3. Minding the Gap – 2018
  4. Man on Wire – 2008
  5. Dick Johnson is Dead – 2020
  6. Amy – 2015
  7. Totally Under Control – 2020
  8. Stop Making Sense – 1984
  9. Inside Job – 2010
  10. Hoop Dreams – 1994
  11. One Child Nation – 2019
  12. Iris – 2015
  13. Rewind – 2020
  14. The Invisible War – 2012
  15. Spellbound – 2002
  16. March of the Penguins – 2005
  17. Muscle Shoals – 2013
  18. Citizenfour – 2014
  19. Tower – 2016
  20. Blackfish – 2013
  21. McQueen – 2018
  22. Amazing Grace – 2019
  23. Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution – 2020
  24. Athlete A – 2020
  25. Slay the Dragon – 2020
  26. 56 & Up – 2013
  27. Collective – 2020
  28. Three Indentical Strangers – 2018
  29. Time – 2020
  30. The Decline of Western Civilization – 1981
  31. Jiro Dreams of Sushi – 2012
  32. Seymour: An Introduction – 2015
  33. On the Record – 2020
  34. Sound CIty – 2013
  35. The Look of Silence – 2015
  36. RBG – 2018
  37. Life Itself -2018
  38. Faces Places – 2017
  39. The Last Waltz – 1978
  40. Welcome to Chechnya – 2020
  41. Paris is Burning – 1991
  42. Capturing the Friedmans – 2003
  43. I am Not Your Negro – 2017
  44. Taxi to the Dark Side – 2007
  45. The Interrupters – 2011
  46. A Thousand Cuts – 2020
  47. More Than Honey – 2013
  48. Hitchcock/Truffaut – 2015
  49. The War Tapes – 2006
  50. We Were Kings – 1996
  51. Rivers and Tides – 2001
  52. Bill Cunningham: New York – 2010
  53. Last Train Home – 2010
  54. Afghan Star – 2009
  55. The Missing Picture – 2014
  56. Maiden – 2019
  57. Knock Down the House – 2019
  58. Muderball – 2005
  59. Free Solo – 2018
  60. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – 2018
  61. Waste Land – 2010
  62. Bowling for Columbine – 2002
  63. Searching for Sugar Man – 2012
  64. Grey Gardens – 1975
  65. The Work – 2017
  66. The Act of Killing – 2012
  67. Gleason – 2016
  68. Life, Animated – 2016
  69. How to Survive a Plague – 2012
  70. O.J.: Made in America – 2016
  71. The Times of Harvey Milk – 1984
  72. The Thin Blue Line – 1998
  73. Harlan County, U.S.A. – 1976
  74. Shoah – 1985
  75. Night and Fog – 1956
  76. Don’t Look Back – 1967
  77. Nanook of the North – 1922
  78. Man with a Movie Camera – 1929
  79. Grizzly Man – 2005
  80. Hearts and Minds – 1974
  81. Roger & Me – 1989
  82. Titicut Follies – 1967
  83. Lake of FIre – 2006
  84. Woodstock – 1970
  85. The Sorrow and the Pity – 1969
  86. Salesman – 1969
  87. Triumph of the Will – 1935
  88. Crumb – 1994
  89. Gimme Shelter – 1970
  90. For Sama – 2019
  91. Monterey Pop – 1968
  92. F for Fake – 1973
  93. Kon-Tiki – 1950
  94. Helen Keller in Her Story – 1954
  95. The War Game – 1966
  96. The Hellstrom Chronicle – 1971
  97. Marjoe – 1972
  98. Malcolm X – 1972
  99. The 81st Blow – 1974
  100. Best Boy – 1979

50 Movie Roles Too Mature for Child Actors

  1. Macaulay Culkin – The Good Son (1993), 13 years
  2. Dafne Keen – Logan (2017), 12
  3. All the actors – Kids (1995)
  4. Natalie Portman – Leon: The Professional (1994), 12
  5. Dakota Fanning – Hounddog (2007), 12
  6. Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine (2006), 10
  7. Drew Barrymore – Poison Ivy (1992), 17
  8. Tatum O’Neal – Paper Moon (1973), 10
  9. Brooke Shields – Pretty Baby (1978), 12
  10. Thora Birch – American Beauty (1999), 17
  11. Linda Blair – The Exorcist (1973), 13
  12. Kirsten Dunst – Interview With a Vampire (1994), 10
  13. Evan Rachel Wood – Thirteen (2003), 14
  14. Alicia Silverstone – The Crush (1993), 18
  15. Mariel Hemingway – Manhattan (1979), 16
  16. Dominique Swain – Lolita (1997), 14
  17. Jodie Foster – Taxi Driver (1976), 12
  18. Jacob Reynolds – Gummo (1997), 14
  19. Julia Stiles – Wicked (1998), 16
  20. Elle Fanning – The Beguiled (2017), 19
  21. Ryan Simpkins – Gardens of the Night (2008), 8
  22. Kikki Reed – Thirteen (2003), 14
  23. Dakota Fanning – The Runaways (2010), 15
  24. Claire Danes – Romeo + Juliet (1996), 17
  25. Sue Lyon – Lolita (1962), 14
  26. Christian Bale – Empire of the Sun (1987), 13
  27. Chloe Grace Moretz – Kick-Ass (2010), 12
  28. Nicholas Hoult – A Single Man (2009), 18
  29. Olivia Hussey – Romeo and Juliet (1968), 15
  30. Leonard Whiting – Romeo and Juliet (1968), 17
  31. Brooke Shields – The Blue Lagoon (1980), 14
  32. Leonardo Dicaprio – This Boy’s Life (1993), 19
  33. Anna Paquin – The Piano (1993), 12
  34. Balthazar Getty – Lord of the Flies (1990), 13
  35. Oliwia Dabrowska – Schindler’s List (1993), 11
  36. Danny Lloyd – The Shining (1980), 6
  37. The Girls – Cuties (2020)
  38. Harvey Spencer Stephens – The Omen (1976), 12
  39. David Bennett – The Tin Drum (1979), 11
  40. Jena Malone – Bastard Out of Carolina (1996), 11
  41. Haley Joel Osment – The Sixth Sense (1999), 11
  42. Kristen Stewart – Wlecome to the Riley’s (2010), 17
  43. Niyar Saikia – Sold (2014), 15
  44. David Kross – The Reader (2008), 18
  45. Carol Baker – Baby Doll (1956), 19
  46. Sue Lyon – The Night of the Iguana (1964), 16
  47. Katie Jarvis – Fish Tank (2009), 18
  48. Elliot page – Hard Candy (2005), 17
  49. Leelee Sobieski – My First Mister (2001), 19
  50. Paula Haun – Too Young to Love (1950), 15

Land (2021)

Land is a 2021 drama film directed by Robin Wright in her directorial debut. It stars Wright, Damian Bichir and Kim Dickens. The film follows the story of a grieving widowed woman who seeks a new life off the grid in the mountains of Wyoming.

After experiencing trauma Edee Holzer (wright) is in the middle of therapy, telling to the therapist that she doesn’t like to be around people because she doesn’t think it’s right that they share her pain. Wanting to escape, she leaves the city where she lives and moves to Wyoming where she purchases a small remote cabin and is determined to live in solitude without any modern conveniences to bring her to outside world, including telephones or cars.

At first, she struggles with the basics of survival like chopping wood and fishing. When a black bear enters her cabin, eats her food and destroys most of the rest of her supplies while she hides from them, she reaches her breaking point. Without fire for food or heat, she tries to hunt but cannot bring herself to shoot a deer. Not knowing what to do next, she tries to take her life by shooting herself with the hunting rifle, stopping short when she remembers her sister Emma (Dickens) pleading not to hurt herself.

During an extreme snowstorm, the metal roof of her cabin becomes dislodged by the wind, making loud noises. She leaves the cabin to try and repair the roof and gets injured. A local hunter, Miguel (Bichir) and his friend and nurse Alawa rescue her and help nurse her back to healthy. While Alawa leaves, Miguel stays to look after Edeeby cooking for her and giving her more supplies. She thanks him but explains that she came to the cabin to be alone and wants it to remain that way. He understands and offers to help give her better survival skills so she can have the solitude she wants. He shows her to trap, fish and hunt. Over time, a friendship develops as Miguel continues to come over to help her hunt, plant and harvest crops and explore the land. Miguel shares that his wife and daughter died in car accident eight years prior, while Edee reveals that she used to have a family.

Land is a very slow, pretty depressing, yet somewhat inspirational film. It makes you appreciate who and what you have in your life. It isn’t exciting at all, but really pretty boring for the most part. There is very little action and dialog. The gorgeous setting doesn’t make up for how dull this movie is. It isn’t a long film, but the mundanity and slowness make it seem much longer. From an award winning actress (Wright), I was expecting an exceptional movie and this one fell flat.

I’m not saying this film was a snooze fest because it is a survival type, because there are great survival films like Cast Away. Had there been more dialog, action and more about her life prior to moving to Wyoming, I would have like this one a lot more. The beautiful background and soundtrack were the best things about this movie. I’m so glad I didn’t waste money seeing this in theater, because I’d be asking for that money back. This movie was missing a great story, because the one that was produced was bland to the max. This could’ve been a wonderful motion picture, instead it was rushed and lackluster all the way around.

This film does teach about forgiveness and the power of family and friendship and that’s pretty much it. Not the worst film I’ve seen this year so far, but far the best. 13+ 1.5/5

Last Night in Soho (2021)

Last Night in Soho is a 2021 British psychological horror film directed by Edgar Wright and starring Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Michael Ajao, Diana Rigg and Terrence Stamp. It is the final film appearances of Rigg and Margaret Nolan, who both died in 2020.

The film follows Eloise “Ellie” Turner, who loves the music and fashion of the Swinging Sixties and dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Her mother, who was also a designer, killed herself when Ellie was a child. Ellie occasionally sees her mother’s ghost in mirrors.

Ellie moves from her rural house in Redruth, Cornwall, to London, to study at the London College of Fashion, where she has trouble fitting in with the other students, especially her stuck up roommate Jocasta. Only John, another student, is sympathetic towards her. Unhappy in the dorms of the school, Ellie moves into a bedsit in Goodge Place owned by the elderly Ms. Collins.

That night, Ellie has a vivid dream where she is carried back in time to the 1960s. At the Cafe de Paris, she sees a brave young blonde woman, Sandie, ask about becoming a singer at the club. Sandie begins a relationship with charming teddy boy manager, Jack. The next morning, Ellie designs a dress inspired by Sandie and discovers a love bite on her neck.

Ellie has another dream in which Sandie auditions at a Soho nightclub, arranged by Jack. before returning to the same bedsit that Ellie has rented. Inspired by these dreams, Ellie dyes her hair blonde, changes her clothing style and gets a job at a pub. She is approached by a grey haired man, who recognizes her resemblance to Sandie is not living the life she had wanted and Jack begins to pimp Sandie to his male business partners. Ellie begins an investigation after discovering in a dream that murders have taken place in the bedsit and soon discovers that the owner of the place she is renting from has a dark past and that she may or may not be the real Sandie.

This film is equal parts intense, twisted, bizarre and disturbing. The combination of putting present day London and 1960s London together is ingeniously done, combining the fashion and music of today’s Britain to the fashion and music and to what it was in 60s, along with the two stories clashing together as one and at times separately. The soundtrack is great combining both sixties and 2000s hits, the fashion is fantastic, everything Sandie and Jack (others from the 60s) wear is beautiful and spot on with the time period, making the film both gorgeous and thrilling at the same time.

Thomasin McKenzie does a good, not great job in the film as Ellie Turner, but was not the best fit for the role. Anya Taylor-Joy is outstanding job as Sandie , Matt Smith is equally outstanding as Jack. Terrance Stamp is good as Lindsey, the grey haired older man who stalks Ellie at the pub, I just wish he had had more lines in the movie.

The film seems to jump into the wickedness almost too quickly, not really building up much beforehand. You do learn how Sandie meets Jack, but you learn too fast, so that part is bit rushed, making it seem like she becomes nightclub star and he becomes her boyfriend and pimp overnight, which is impossible. The story is almost all intensity and too much of it takes place in the 60s world and not in the present day. Also, the film towards the end, stretches the horror factor too far, making the landlady into the overdone insane character, which at first you think is Ellie.

If the director would’ve spent equal time in both eras, stopped the overdoing of the weird towards the end and cast a better actress for Ellie, the film would have been fantastic. It is still entertaining, but I don’t see it winning any best picture awards or Palme d’Or at Cannes. But both Taylor-Joy and Smith deserve awards for their performances. 18+ 3.5/5

Classic of the Week: The Kid (1921)

The Kid is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film written, produced, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin and co-stars Jackie Coogan. Them film follows the story of Chaplin’s The Little Tramp character who finds an abandoned baby and raises him to boyhood, until authorities try to take him back to his mother.

Very much unhappy, an unwed mother abandons her baby, putting him in an expensive automobile with a handwritten note: “Please take love and care for this orphan child.” Two thieves steal the car and leave the baby in an alley, where he is found by The Tramp. After attempting to to hand off the boy on different people passing by, he finds the note and it melts his heart. He takes the boy home, names him John and rearranges his furniture for him. The mother ends up having a change of heart and goes back for her child, but she learns that the car has been stolen, she faints.

Five years go by. The Kid and the Tramp live in the same quaint room; they have little money but lots of love. They support each other in a little scheme: the Kid throws stones to break windows so that the Tramp, wotking as a glazier, can be paid to repair them. Meanwhile, the mother has become a rich actress and does charity by giving gifts to poor children. By chance, as she is doing so, the mother and the Kid not knowing so, cross paths.

The Kid later gets into a fight with another local boy as people watch the debacle. The Kid wins, making the other boy’s older brother mad, who attacks the Tramp as a result. The mother breaks up the fight, but it starts over once she leaves and the Tramp keeps beating the older brother over the head with a brick tied between strings until he scurries off. Shortly after, the mother coaxes the Tramp to call the doctor after Kid gets sick. The doctor finds out the Kid is not the Tramp’s real son and notifies authorities. Two men come to take the boy to an orphanage, but after a fight and chase, the Tramp and the Kid stay by each others’ sides. When the mother comes back to see how the boy is doing she comes runs into the doctor, who shows her the note (which he had stolen from the Tramp); she recognizes it as the one she left with her baby years ago.

This film is filled with humor and love and teaches about how to over come being poor, falling in love and helping others. Although this film is from the 1920’s, it is still just as effective and touching today, making you cry and warming your heart, as well as making you appreciate what and who you have in your own life. Although the Tramp isn’t the best parent to the Kid, he knows in his heart that he would never ever give him up like his mother did. He tries his very best to give the boy a decent life and the boy is overly grateful.

Charlie Chaplin, who is truly one of the greatest actors and filmmakers of all time, puts so much love, humor and heart into everything he did. In this film, you can feel his love for the boy and can feel his heartbreak when the boy is being taken away, because you actually see Charlie cry and if you look close enough you’ll notice his makeup is streaked. Not many movies today make you feel every emotion the characters feel. This is a true classic and masterpiece that everyone should watch at least once in their life.

There is not much adult stuff in this film. There is nothing sexual, just kisses between the Tramp and the Kid. There is one use of the word “ass” and a middle finger used by a kid but it’s not used as flipping off and seen briefly. The Tramp smokes some, but it was a very common thing then. Slapstick humor is throughout. Also some very emotional scenes, but other than all this, it is great for kids and adults alike. A very powerful, heartfelt film, so funny, yet sweet and yet heartbreaking at times too. A truly wonderful work of art that will bring out every emotion every time. 5+ 5/5

The Problem With Turning Cruella Into A Feminist Icon

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When Disney dropped the first Cruella trailer on us in February they faced some much deserved controversy. The main question everyone was asking was: why Cruella? This is not Disney’s first attempt at creating a new franchise that sympathises with a villain, but it’s the first one that requires you to perform some extreme mental gymnastics in order to find a reason to feel for the villain in question. But Cruella’s irredeemability aside, the real problem that the film presents is highlighted by its cringy quoting of “I am woman; hear me roar.” Said women everywhere: we didn’t ask for this.

In a time when progressive and anti-capitalist feelings are on the rise, particularly among the younger generations who form the primary target audience of popular media, there seems to be a dissonance within the storylines of the 21st century. Curiously, it is the villains…

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Greatest Sports Films of All Time

  1. The Sandlot – 1993
  2. Olympic Dreams – 2019
  3. Ali – 2001
  4. The Blind Side – 2009
  5. Rocky II- 1979
  6. Invincible – 2006
  7. Caddyshack – 1980
  8. The Phenom – 2016
  9. Rudy – 1993
  10. The Longest Yard – 1974
  11. Tin Cup – 1996
  12. Fire in Babylon – 2010
  13. More Than a Game – 2008
  14. Personal Best – 1982
  15. Gunnin’ For That No. 1 Spot – 2008
  16. Ping Pong – 2002
  17. Cool Runnings – 1993
  18. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story – 2004
  19. Ultimate X: The Movie – 2002
  20. Remember the Titans – 2000
  21. White Men Can’t Jump – 1992
  22. Without Limits – 1998
  23. Breath – 2017
  24. Step Into Liquid – 2003
  25. A League of Their own – 1992
  26. Invictus – 2009
  27. North Dallas Forty – 1979
  28. Beyond the Mat – 1999
  29. Love & Basketball – 2000
  30. Friday Night Lights – 2004
  31. The Armstrong Lie – 2013
  32. The Boxer – 1997
  33. Seabiscuit 2003
  34. He Got Game – 1998
  35. Major League – 1989
  36. The World’s Fastest Indian – 2005
  37. McFarland, USA – 2015
  38. The Natural – 1984
  39. Goon – 2011
  40. Looking For Eric – 2009
  41. 42 – 2013
  42. Racing Dreams – 2009
  43. The Rookie – 2002
  44. Bend it Like Beckham – 2002
  45. Eddie the Eagle – 2016
  46. Happy Valley – 2014
  47. Girlfight – 2000
  48. The Karate Kid – 1984
  49. Diego Maradona – 2019
  50. Hoosiers – 1986
  51. John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection – 2018
  52. Whip It – 2009
  53. The Way Back – 2020
  54. Eight Men Out – 1988
  55. Warrior – 2011
  56. The Hurricane – 1999
  57. The Other Dream Team – 2012
  58. Downhill Racer – 1969
  59. Pelotero – 2011
  60. Miracle – 2004
  61. Cinderella Man – 2005
  62. Jerry Maguire – 1996
  63. Tyson – 2008
  64. The Heart of the Game – 2005
  65. Field of Dreams – 1989
  66. Meru – 2015
  67. Heaven Can Wait – 1978
  68. Up For Grabs – 2004
  69. A Prayer Before Dawn – 2017
  70. Riding Giants – 2004
  71. The Damned United – 2009
  72. Foxcatcher – 2014
  73. Sugar – 2008
  74. The Pride of the Yankees – 1942
  75. Bigger, Stronger, Faster – 2008
  76. The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg – 1999
  77. Undefeated – 2011
  78. Next Goal Wins – 2014
  79. Rocky – 1976
  80. Bull Durham – 1988
  81. The Hustler – 1961
  82. Win Win – 2011
  83. One Day in September – 1999
  84. Breaking Away – 1979
  85. Senna – 2010
  86. Bang the Drum Slowly – 1973
  87. Dogtown and Z-Boys – 2001
  88. The Color of Money – 1986
  89. The Crash Reel – 2013
  90. Touching the Void – 2003
  91. The Fighter – 2010
  92. Million Dollar Baby – 2004
  93. The Bad News Bears – 1976
  94. Raging Bull – 1980
  95. Horse Feathers – 1932
  96. Hoop Dreams – 1994
  97. The Endless Summer – 1966
  98. Fighting With My Family – 2019
  99. Ford V Ferrari – 2019
  100. The Wrestler – 2008
  101. Creed – 2015
  102. National Velvet – 1944
  103. I, Tonya – 2017
  104. Murderball – 2005
  105. Moneyball – 2011
  106. When We Were Kings – 1996
  107. Athlete A – 2020
  108. Skater Girl – 2021
  109. Slap Shot – 1977
  110. Chariots of Fire – 1981
  111. The Freshman – 1925
  112. Brian’s Song – 1971
  113. The Set-Up – 1949
  114. Fat City – 1972
  115. The Harder They Fall – 1956
  116. Grand Prix – 1966
  117. Phar Lap – 1983
  118. Damn Yankees! – 1958
  119. Fear Strikes Out – 1957
  120. This Sporting Life – 1963

Free Guy (2021)

Free Guy is a 2021 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Shawn Levy and stars Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi. The film follows the story a bank teller named Guy who finds out that he is actually a non-player character in an open-world video game and becomes the hero of the story, trying to save his friends from being deleted by the game’s creator.

Free City is an online, open-world video game developed by Soonami Games. Its source code was stolen from an unreleased game called Life Itself, developed by Walter “Keys” McKey (Joe Keery) and Millie Rusk (Jodie Comer), and used by Soonami’s head developer Antwan (Taika Waititi) to create Free City. Keys has taken a job at Soonami, while Millie spends time in the game as her avatar Molotov Girl to find evidence of code that she and Keys had written and to prove that they are the rightful owners of the code.

In the game, Guy, a non-player character (NPC), works as a bank teller and spends time with his best friend and co-worker, bank security guard Buddy (Lil Rel Howery), unaware that his world is a video game. One day, he sees Molotov Girl, who is singing the song that he says his dream girl will like and starts to depart from his programming. He finds a pair of sunglasses from player who tries to rob his bank, through which he sees Free City from the player’s head-up display (HUD). Guy speaks to Millie, who thinks he is another player named “Blue Shirt Guy” and not an NPC. She tells him to level to above 100 before she will speak to him again. Keys and his coworker Mouser believe Guy to be a hacker disguised as an NPC and unsuccessfully try to ban him from the game. Rather than leveling up through catastrophic acts, Guy opts to perform good deeds, completing missions within Free City to reach level 102. Through his good deeds, which stand out from the other players, result in “Blue Shirt Guy” becoming a worldwide sensation.

This is a wildly entertaining film and laugh out loud funny at times. Ryan Reynolds is not always the best actor, but as his character, bringing with it humor, action and romance, he was great. Jodie Comer was equally great as both Millie Rusk and Molotov Girl and Joe Keery did a fine job as Keys McKey. Taikia Waititi’s character was a money hungry head of a ginormous video game company who was extremely irritating, mean and selfish, so it was hard to see much outside of that as far as acting goes, because he was so hard to like, the character. Lil Rel Howery was just mediocre at best as Buddy, because he was super cheesy and annoying, like to the point of wanting to jump in the movie and tell him to shut up or stop it.

Other minor characters were super cheesy and immature as well. Channing Tatum’s character, for example, Benjamin Buttons, Keith’s game character said everything Keith said on his headset, making him look like a super goofball, just like Keith, who is an adult living with his mom and playing video games all the time. There is tons of extreme violence that could’ve been toned down and quite a bit of foul language. The effects are outstanding and there is some great old songs in the film as well. A few characters wear the same thing the whole (or most of) the movie, which gets old, but they are from the video game world.

A fun, humorous and action-packed film that is wildly entertaining and funny. It is a bit long at nearly two hours. This may be an action comedy, but it isn’t quite as adult and well done as Reynolds’s Deadpool films. This is like a Ryan Reynolds version of Ready Player One. But it is an enjoyable movie for the most part, despite being lengthy and some of the humor being so silly. The story can be hard for some to follow, being world within a world theme. But what do expect when you try to take a story that’s been done before and add humor and romance? Something that lacks in greatness, that not even special effects can save despite its entertainment factor. 13+ 3/5

Classic of the Week: Big (1988)

Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as adult Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish to be “big” and is then transformed to an adult overnight. The movie also stars Elizabeth Perkins, David Moscow (as young Josh), John Heard and Robert Loggia.

This is a clever, fun-filled, funny and cute film. It has inspired other films with similar plots like 13 Going on 30 and Little, which box office hits, but not nearly as well received as Big. This movie has all the elements that make it such a wonderful film, humor, entertainment, cleverness, romance, drama, emotions and heart. It is one that can be watched over and over without getting old. Tom Hanks is absolutely perfect in this role, as is David Moscow, both adding teenage adorableness, making this movie an enjoyable watch for both teens and adults alike.

Josh discovers as a kid what it’s really like to be an adult, doing it childlike, bringing both advantages and disadvantages. He gets a job as a toy designer, most kid’s dream job, but has trouble with his relationship with Susan Lawrence (Perkins). After telling her that he is really a child, Susan takes it as a fear of commitment and ignores his statement. He lives like the person he really is, a boy in a man’s body, having an apartment filled with kid-like things, from a trampoline, to a pinball machine, to bunk beds. Susan starts to fall for Josh, who shows her how to have more fun in life, when at first she is embarrassed by him and his naivety. He for the first time starts to fall for her too, until he has to go back to being a boy.

This film is laugh out loud funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking. It does have mild sexual innuendos, a few scenes showing drinking, mild violence and quite a bit of harsh language, so not for younger viewers. The storyline of this film is so creative and better than any movie it has inspired, the acting is superb, just overall a wonderful motion picture that lets out your every emotion. Not a dull moment, entertaining for beginning to end. No wonder it was made into a Tony nominated stage musical. A true masterpiece. 13+ 5/5