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You're a Big Boy Now (1966)



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In this film, teen 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.
Comedy , Drama
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Peter Kastner
as Bernard Chanticleer
Elizabeth Hartman
as Barbara Darling
Geraldine Page
as Margery Chanticleer
Julie Harris
as Miss Nora Thing
Rip Torn
as I.H. Chanticleer
Michael Dunn (I)
as Richard Mudd
Tony Bill
as Raef
Dolph Sweet
as Policeman Francis Graf
Michael O'Sullivan
as Kurt Doughty
Ronald Colby
as Barbara's Stage Play Crew
Rufus Harley
as Barbara's Stage Play Crew
Frank Simpson
as Barbara's Stage Play Crew
Nina Verella
as Barbara's Stage Play Crew
Len De Carl
as Barbara's Stage Play Crew
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Critic Reviews for You're a Big Boy Now

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

It's clear Coppola had storytelling talent to burn, and this whimsically sweet movie is certainly one of the best Manhattan time capsules from that era.

Full Review… | October 3, 2015
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

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

Audience Reviews for You're a Big Boy Now


good cult fave & film debut of '70's superstar Karen Black also music by lovin spoonful and notice the film within the film Coppola's first 'demetia 13'

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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
Kevin M. Williams

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