An excellent coming-of-age story about a boy whose life is not exactly what he thought.
It features Coppola's great cinematography, coupled with some great atmospheric music. Great acting, the whole shabang. That fight scene at the train station alone shows how good the presentation in this movie is.
It captures the way younger people act and talk perfectly, and makes way for genuinely fantastic characters. Rusty James, Benny, Smokey, Steve, the cop, the dad, Patty and of course Motorcycle Boy.
It's a surprising departure from something like The Godfather or The Conversation but still incredibly effective and well-made.