YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW is 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. Coppola scripted and directed this whimsical look at coming of age in the 1960s as part of his graduate thesis at UCLA. Though not his first film, it revealed a willingness to experiment with technique and themes that would continue throughout his career. As in both RUMBLE FISH and THE OUTSIDERS, made by Coppola nearly two decades later, his subject here is a teenager's passage into manhood. The tone in this film is much less serious, though, more appropriate for the 1960s, when a laid-back attitude toward drama in general was prevalent, and deep messages lurked beneath surfaces. But unlike the work of either Jean-Luc Godard or Richard Lester (both obvious influences on Coppola at this point in his career), YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW fails to have much impact beyond its lightheartedness. It is as if Coppola were too concerned with creating a style to put much effort into the implications of his material.