Penny Marshall

She's the one with the "L" on her sweater.

Big (1988) -- The best of those "I'm not in my original body" movies, and one of the few adult ones. Tom Hanks essentially is what makes the movie work, along with a not-dumb script (the scene where he's crying in the crappy hotel room alone at night is an example of one of those touches that makes the movie more real, even though it's a fantasy premise). It's probably not the super movie that people have made it out to be over the years, but it's a lot of fun and it's got the good kind of "heart" that people often more artificially inject into their movies. B

Awakenings (1990) -- We're used to Robin Williams growing a beard and acting all serious these days, but it was odd to people back in the olden days of the early 90s. "What? He's not always jumping around doing impressions? My worldview has changed!" The movie is pretty interesting, if not great, and Robin Williams and Robert De Niro work well together. B

The Preacher's Wife (1996) -- A handsome angel falls in love with Whitney Houston who is already married to a man of God. Family entertainment ensues? Kind of a crap movie. D

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