Igby Goes Down

Igby Goes Down

Director: Burr Steers Cast: Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum

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Igby Goes Down 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Things definitely aren't going Igby Slocumb's (Kieran Culkin) way, especially where his family is concerned. His father, Jason (Bill Pullman) is in a mental hospital, his self-absorbed, pill-popping mother, Mimi (Susan Sarandon), should be, and his always politically-correct older brother, Oliver (Ryan Phillippe) seems more ashamed of Igby than anything else. To make matters worse, Igby flunks out of one private school after another, not because he isn't intelligent; he definitely is, but he just doesn't care. Military school doesn't sit well with Igby, either, and he's packed off to rehab. Igby, however, has no intention of wasting his time, as he sees it, in a rehab clinic and he escapes to Manhattan and the loft his wealthy, bohemian godfather, D.H. Baines (Jeff Goldblum), keeps for his non-painting mistress, Rachel (Amanda Peet). If it's girls Igby's looking for (and it really isn't), he's certainly in luck, especially if it's older girls. He not only becomes romantically involved with Rachel, but with Sookie Sapperstein (Calire Danes) as well. But, justice is nothing if not poetic. Just as Igby moved in on D.H.s territory with Rachel, Oliver moves in on Igby's with Sookie. I usually dislike coming-of-age films intensely, but I really loved IGBY GOES DOWN, primarily because of its edgy, witty dialogue, quirky characters and black comedy irreverence. Kieran Caulkin as Igby is wonderful. He epitomizes Igby's already world-weary, self-despising character perfectly. He lets us see enough of the 'real' Igby to form an emotional bond with him, while still managing to remain off-center. Claire Danes is beautiful and perfectly cast as Sookie. She's more arrogant and less blatantly sexual than is Amanda Peet as Rachel, but that's as it should be. Jeff Goldblum and Ryan Phillippe are both charming and charmingly sleazy in their respective roles. The only character I didn't like was Susan Sarandon's Mimi. Sarandon is too ditzy, too over-the-top. She never seems to find the right balance and her characters always seem so despicable. IGBY GOES DOWN isn't the masterpiece that HAROLD AND MAUDE is, but it is smart, edgy and highly entertaining and it never slips into the sentimental or the overly melodramatic. IGBY GOES DOWN doesn't offer us reality, but it does reflect the absurdities that we all face in everyday life. I would recommend this film highly to those who love black comedy, anything offbeat or art house films.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent black comedy about a troubled teenager and his exteremely dysfunctional family.Sharp,incisive, beautifully wriiten and directed(Steers is a major new talent!). Brilliantly acted-Susan Sarandon is epecially outstanding, and Kieran Culkin is PERFECT in the title role(sorry, Macaulay, Kieran's the better actor).''Igby'' is not as depressing as you might think.One of the year's best movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this movie deals with dark subject matter, the cynical delivery of lines makes it extremely entertaining. As a teenager, Igby's adventures reminds me of my misguided youth friends. Very witty, very fresh, very Salinger-esque.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The content was a little on the depressing side, almost reaching to be twisted, but written almost as though Igby's agonizing events becomes just another paper cut in the road of life. After a while, you become more than ready for a payoff after almost 2 hours of Igby's rollercoaster ride of this most appalling life.... and I'm not so sure if there is a payoff. I was ready for the movie to be over.... probably what I am suppose to feel as it is a movie that allows you to be numb through very sobering events. The acting was great!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie. It had humor, drama, adventure and wit. It does resemble J.D.Salingers book, The Catcher in the Rye, but thats a good thing. I loved Igby's passion for stretching the truth and his ability to get everyone to beat him up. This was a great look into the life of Igby.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sheer brilliance of the film is messengered through the witty, complex, and often outrageously original dialouge. Culkan should be hailed from mountain tops for such an utterly enjoyable preformance, along with the rest of this perfectly crafted cast. Culkan's rendition of Holden Caulfield from 'Catcher In The Rye' is a wonderful adaptation to modern day. If you like dark comedies with intelligent dialouge and fantastic preformances, this movie was made for you. Even if you are not sure about satire, make Igby your first in the genre, I promise you won't be dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago