You're a Big Boy Now (1966)

You're a Big Boy Now


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In this film, Peter Kastner undergoes his coming-of-age rites when, urged on by his father, he strikes out on his own and moves to NYC. Every person Kastner meets is an eccentric's eccentric, from his landlady to the local cop. Kastner's new friend introduces the boy to sex and drugs.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: Francis Ford Coppola
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Critic Reviews for You're a Big Boy Now

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Francis Coppola has drawn topflight performances from his talented cast.

Full Review… | December 11, 2007
Top Critic

Coppola's style had healthy roots in the screwball comedies of the '30s, and the glorious performances litter the film with moments to treasure.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A magnetically exasperating comic strip of a movie.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Coppola has fun directing, and his film is filled with sight jokes, high-spirited performances and a lively sound track by the Lovin' Spoonful.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Significant as an early example of the developing talent of one of the most important (if not the most important) American directors of the 1970s.

Full Review… | December 11, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

What elevates Coppola's coming-of-age comedy above the routine is the great supporting cast, headed by Geraldine Page in an Oscar-nominated turn as the smothering mom, Julie Harris, Rip Torn and others.

Full Review… | July 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for You're a Big Boy Now


Francis Ford Coppola's introductory offering gives primarily a different take on the 1960's coming-of-age genre, different than say "The Graduate", although many of the same elements are present (part of my recent return to some of the films that formed my ideas about film). Novel editing, music that syncs with the story, quirky characters, all present. "This is the same guy who made "The Godfather", and "Apocalypse Now"," you will ask yourself while smiling throughout at this little gem. And one of the few times Karen Black played "the good girl" (nearly making it must see for that reason alone).

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Dumb and dated

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Bernard is an awkward young man who embarrasses his parents, so they decide to have him live on his own, but his intentions are not so much to learn to be an adult as much as they involve his obsession with ending his tenure as a virgin. It is a strange counterculture flick from the late 60s, written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, his first film after leaving the Roger Corman camp. It is odd to think this strange little film came from the same man who made those fantastic films in the 1970s.

Kenny Scheck

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