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Igby Goes Down

Igby Goes Down

4.2 7
Director: Burr Steers

Cast: Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum

Burr Steers' Igby Goes Down comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials


Burr Steers' Igby Goes Down comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track from Steers and lead actor Kieran Culkin, deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, a making-of featurette, and a still photo gallery. This is a solid release from MGM/UA.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A wisecracking rich kid comes of age in Igby Goes Down, a smart black comedy from writer-director Burr Steers. Kieran Culkin plays the eponymous Igby, a problem teen who is thrown out of one-too-many fancy prep schools before he decides to go on the lam in New York City. Though he's a minor, Igby finds more than his share of sex and drugs, and he meets a few offbeat characters along the way in a skeletal plot that hinges on the impending death of his terminally ill mother (Susan Sarandon). In many ways a nod to the work of J. D. Salinger, Igby Goes Down is also reminiscent of more contemporary teen angst authors like Brett Easton Ellis (Less than Zero) and Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City). Culkin is well cast, combining smart-aleck wisdom beyond his years with an ultimately touching vulnerability. He's surrounded by a strong supporting cast that includes Claire Danes, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum, who emerges as the real standout: As an impeccably groomed, smugly self-assured mentor with a devilish gleam in his eye, he brings simple perfection to the character of Igby's philandering godfather. Ultimately, hip indie humor is the name of the game, but there's just enough Hollywood in Igby to smooth out the edginess and make it all go down easily.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it followed Tadpole and The Good Girl in 2002's "Catcher in the Rye" revival, this urgently cynical picture is a far cry from Gary Winick's sweet fable or Miguel Arteta's tragicomic treatise on good intentions. Playing the rebel without a cause for neither melancholy warmth nor laughs, Kieran Culkin invests his bratty character with a black heart and an air of indifference, both of which he retains even when the credits roll; if this isn't a star-making performance, something's wrong. Meanwhile, a cast as varied in age as it is in reputation helps delineate the ugly truths that shape Igby's outlook. Thus far in his career, Ryan Phillippe has been convincing only when playing toffee-nosed connivers, and here, once again, he proves that typecasting can be a good thing. Meanwhile, Amanda Peet continues to display the deliciously nasty edge that made her role in Changing Lanes such a surprising pleasure. As Sookie, the conflicted love interest, Claire Danes overcomes a series of career missteps to remind us why she mattered in the first place. Meanwhile, old pros Jeff Goldblum and Susan Sarandon navigate their Upper West Side world with icy authority and deadpan comic timing. Confident first-time writer/director Burr Steers, who has acted in films by Quentin Tarantino and Whit Stillman, shows a clearer affinity for the latter director's well-heeled angst, but he never treats his walking-wounded characters with flip humor or contempt. Elegantly acted, impeccably written and stylishly filmed, Igby Goes Down will prove unworthy only for audiences who require an uplifting emotional arc in even the most soul-weary story.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
Gets weirder and meaner and darker and sadder as it progresses, which is amazing since it simultaneously remains funny and horrifying right up to the end.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
Although Igby has its share of glitches and tonal inconsistencies, it packs an emotional wallop similar to that of another cultural golden oldie as beloved in its way as "The Catcher in the Rye": "The Graduate."

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; "In Search of Igby" featurette; Audio commentary with Kieran Culkin and director Burr Steers; Deleted scenes with director's commentary; Photo gallery; English 5.1 surround, French stereo surround, Spanish stereo surround; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kieran Culkin Igby Slocumb
Susan Sarandon Mimi Slocumb
Jeff Goldblum D.H.
Claire Danes Sookie Sapperstein
Ryan Phillippe Oliver Slocumb
Bill Pullman Jason Slocumb
Amanda Peet Rachel
Jared Harris Russel
Rory Culkin Young Igby
Kathleen Gati Ida
Cassidy Ladden Hockey Player
David Arrow Waiter
Gannon Forrester Little Cadet
Erin Fritch Hockey Player
Amber Gross Girl
Dean Nolen Actor
Eric Bogosian Mr. Nice Guy
Arnie Burton Front Desk Clerk
Glenn Fitzgerald Surfer
Jim Gaffigan Hotel Manager
Bill Irwin Lt. Smith
Elizabeth Jagger Lisa Fiedler
Michael Formica Jones Peeka
Ronobir Lahiri Intern
Cynthia Nixon Mrs. Piggee
Reg Rogers Therapist
Peter Tambakis 13-Year-Old Oliver
Daniel Tamberelli Turtle
Celia Weston Bunny
Nicholas Wyman Suit

Technical Credits
Burr Steers Director,Screenwriter
Jennifer Alex Set Decoration/Design
William M. Anderson Editor
Helen Beadleston Executive Producer
Gary J. Coppola Sound/Sound Designer
Sarah Edwards Costumes/Costume Designer
Thom "Coach" Ehle Consultant/advisor
Tim Gallin Stunts
Roswell Hamrick Art Director
Nic Harcourt Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Hicks Casting
Chaim Kantor Camera Operator
Fran Lucci Executive Producer
Miggel Co-producer
Michael Mullane Sound/Sound Designer
David Norris Camera Operator
Janet Paparazzo Stunts
Uwe Fahrenkrog Peterson Score Composer
Jodi Michelle Pynn Stunts
David Rubin Executive Producer
Wedigo von Schultzendorff Cinematographer
Lee Solomon Executive Producer
Jonathan Starch Asst. Director
Kevin Thompson Production Designer
Lisa Tornell Producer
Rainer Virnich Executive Producer
Marco Weber Producer
Ronnie Yeskel Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Afternoon Nap [3:21]
2. Sick and Smelly/Main Title [4:08]
3. Performance Award [5:30]
4. "The Ritz-Carlton Was Full!" [3:26]
5. Considering His Options [5:04]
6. Sookie and Rachel [7:36]
7. Artists on the Lam [4:05]
8. "You Are a Feeble Woman" [2:45]
9. The Vegetarian's Joint [3:45]
10. Pants Down and Leaving [5:17]
11. Our Parents, Ourselves [6:09]
12. Oliver's Stories [9:25]
13. The Subsidized Hobo [2:31]
14. The Obligatory Beating [5:37]
15. Sookie Won't Go [3:40]
16. Dealing With Russel [:01]
17. "A Furious Boy" [7:29]
18. Killing Mimi [2:03]
19. Bad News Bearer [5:44]
20. End Credits [7:29]


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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
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
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 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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago