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Thursday, October 23, 2008

The World’s Most Unnecessary Sentence

posted by on October 23 at 12:17 PM

Big was received with almost unanimous critical acclaim, and is
considered by many critics the gold standard of movies in which a
child is trapped in an adult’s body


(The silver standard.)

Begging the question: Do you think Short Circuit is the gold standard of movies in which a robot believes he is people?

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Posted by Hernandez | October 23, 2008 12:19 PM

Alls I has ta say is: 13 Going On 30, bitch!

Posted by Paul Constant | October 23, 2008 12:23 PM

Tom Hanks was in Big? Huh, all I noticed was Elizabeth Perkins in her bra.

Posted by Fnarf | October 23, 2008 12:30 PM

Reminds me of something from Bill Simmons' ESPN column last week --

Q: Shouldn't Elizabeth Perkins have faced statutory rape charges in "Big"?
-- Chuck D., Clifton Park, N.Y.

SG: Absolutely. The rules are explicit here -- if you have consensual sexual relations with anyone not legally old enough to consent to such behavior, it's statutory rape regardless of whether they turned themselves into an adult by making a wish to a Zoltar machine. Perkins' character worked with Josh Baskin (the Tom Hanks character) in New York City when the age of consent was 15 years old. Well, Baskin was only 13 at the time. So there you go.

Posted by Jason Josephes | October 23, 2008 12:33 PM

Hard to believe that Tom Hanks used to be a good looking guy....

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | October 23, 2008 12:37 PM

Absolutely not! I'd put Trent from Harlan Ellison's "Demon With A Glass Hand" (okay, a teleplay, not a movie) at the top of that list.

Posted by COMTE | October 23, 2008 12:38 PM

So... what are you quoting here? Because now I'm kind of curious.

Posted by Judah | October 23, 2008 12:42 PM

Nice software!

Posted by Johnny 5 | October 23, 2008 12:43 PM

Tough call . . . Short Circuit or 2001?

Posted by Levislad3 | October 23, 2008 12:47 PM

Lindy I love you so much but 'Big' sucked ass.

Posted by MyDogBen | October 23, 2008 12:47 PM

Vice Versa anyone?

Posted by Sir Learnsalot | October 23, 2008 12:52 PM

Shakes the Clown is the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies.

Posted by dwight moody | October 23, 2008 1:05 PM


HAL never BELIEVED he was human - he was quite aware of the fact he wasn't - but rather, he was programmed to ACT like one.

Posted by COMTE | October 23, 2008 1:20 PM

"I am standing here beside myself!"

Short Circuit rocked. It still does.

Posted by Old Mama Chips | October 23, 2008 1:30 PM

> “you hire people to shove people in like
> they do in Japan.”

oh boy, let me tell you, public transportation like they have in Japan is NOT what we want to end up with... right?
i mean, you can go pretty much anywhere on public transportation, it's pretty affordable, and it's damn near ALWAYS on time.. not here in Seattle, damn it, NO WAY!

Posted by jw | October 23, 2008 2:10 PM

do you see that? do you see that, people? that is what happens when you get too many tabs open in Firefox and you send your comments through on the WRONG one...

now, on the subject of Big, i'll agree that it is certainly no "gold standard".

Posted by re: myself @15 | October 23, 2008 2:22 PM

Don't discount "W" as a new gold standard for this category

Posted by davidLBC | October 23, 2008 4:02 PM

@12: And "Over the Top" is the best arm-wrestling movie ever made. There is simply no denying it.

Posted by bronkitis | October 23, 2008 4:32 PM

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