You’re a Big Boy Now [from the novel by David Benedictus] has a simple premise – a virginal young man growing into manhood, not so much through his own efforts as those about him – which has been expanded glowingly in a sophisticated approach. Francis Coppola has drawn topflight performances from his talented cast.
Peter Kastner plays a roller-skating stack boy in a NY public library, somewhat of a dreamer. The father (Rip Torn) decides the best way for his son to grow up would be to move out of the family home on his own. Straightaway, lad becomes ensconced in a rooming house run by Julie Harris.
With the help of his library, dope-inclined pal (Tony Bill) and a pretty library assistant (Karen Black) the boy is launched on his road to manhood, which takes him into the arms of a sexy, way-out, Greenwich Village discotheque dish (Elizabeth Hartman). Frequent laughs spark his career toward full-blossomed virility, with amusing bumps along the way.
Kastner turns in a slick portrayal, endowing role with just the proper emphasis upon youth in the wondering stage. Both Geraldine Page as the mother and Harris as the landlady go all-out in hilarious roles and Torn, too, delivers a sock performance as the father who has difficulty understanding his son.
1966: Nomination: Best Supp. Actress (Geraldine Page)