You’re A Big Boy Now (1966)


“Last week I was 19. Today I’m 42. If I had an eggshell for every day I’d spent alone, I’d have a lot of eggshells.” – Miss Thing

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy is sent by his parents to start a life living in New York City and must deal with the new way of life for him especially during the Sexual Revolution of the 1960’s.

My Take on it – This another film that I never heard of before coming across it during my quest to watch all films with Oscar nominated performances in them.

This is a very strange and wacky film that gets crazier and crazier as things move along which hurts things more than helps.

The way that the story deals with the entrance of a young innocent boy into the world of the Sexual Revolution of the 60’s and how his parents try to find ways to protect him from entering that world by doing all they can; justifiably and non-justifiably.

The story itself is paced quite strangely and that doesn’t allow for us to really care about things as they happen.

The characters aren’t developed very well and the fact that they all change their positions on things on a whim without any kind of explanation doesn’t help to endear them to the viewer which makes things more difficult to care about.

Geraldine Page was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here.

Bottom Line – This is a really wacky film that gets crazier and crazier as it moves along. The story deals with an “innocent” boy’s entrance into the world of the budding Sexual Revolution and how his parents try to protect him from it. The story moves along at a strange pace which doesn’t allow for us to care much about things. The characters aren’t developed well enough and many of them keep changing their colors along the way without enough of an explanation which distances them from us more and more along the way. Page was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in this film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although he had quit film school some years earlier, this film was acceptable for Francis Ford Coppola as his thesis at U.C.L.A film school in 1966, earning him a Master of Fine Arts degree. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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One thought on “You’re A Big Boy Now (1966)

  1. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1966 | MovieRob

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