Igby Goes Down details
|Starring:||Amanda Peet, Ryan Phillippe, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Kieran Culkin|
Igby Goes Down
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Oct 2003|
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An involving surpriseBy JimH from Cambridgeshire , 24 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I settled down to watch Igby expecting little more than a light hearted peek into the privileged life of the American upper class, sort of Cruel Intentions with a smile. But what a wonderful, slowly evolving, surprise this film proved to be. First time director/screen writer Burr Steers delivers a truly involving story revolving around the titular Igby as a deeply troubled, fiercely independent teenager without direction. While we follow his descent form preppy school boy to preppy drug dealer, we are treated to a slowly developing picture of his dysfunctional family. With Susan Sarandon giving, for my money, one of her best ever performances as the mother from hell and the wildly variable Jeff Goldblum coming up trumps as an a-moral god father it is pretty clear why Igby is going down in life.
While there are elements to dislike about this film, from the over privileged world whiney characters to the self-indulgent feel of the big name cast (see the behind the scenes footage to really see luvvies at work), it still manages to be a film you can enjoy and recommend to others. As Mark Kermode (all hail the mighty Kermode) put it it's hard not to applaud any 'mainstream' movie that allows loveable Jeff Goldblum to beat up one of the Culkin kids onscreen!
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heartbreaking, funny, heartwarming...By solandbud from london , 18 Jan 2004...a great cast (Kieron Culkin and Susan Sarandon are perfect) and a sharp script. This is definitely one not to miss.
Brother love - where?!?By thegooner90 from Worcestershire , 15 Jan 2004Fab movie about a dysfunctional kid lost in the big wide world. Some outstanding performances, especially Susan Sarandon as the mad mother (almost as mad as Carolyn in 'American Beauty'!), Kieran Culkin and the smoooooothe Jeff Goldblum. Enjoy something a little different.
A must see!By Hollyxox from London , 13 Jan 2004Fab cast including Susan Sarandon, Jeff Daniels and Home Alone star's younger brother Kieran Culkin. The film follows the life of seventeen year old Igby and his problems with his drug taking Mother, mentally ill Father and smug older brother.
Igby's journey through his adolescent life follows him being sent to military school, his relationship with an older girlfriend and his mother's illness.
A plot which takes twists that will keep you guessing throughout the film and keep on you on the edge of your seat. I thoroughly recommend!
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Catcher in NYBy Baxter from London , 05 Jan 2004Burr Steers 2002 debut stars Kieren Culkin as 17-year-old Jason Igby Slocombe Jnr, a 21st century Houlden Caulfield, disgusted with his bigoted, narcissistic mother, his emotionless, Republican brother and the military school hes forced to attend.
The story is on the face of it a straightforward tale of teenage rebellion and self-discovery, but the balance between well-observed pathos, visceral event and outright comedy is so cleverly done that it rarely feels tired.
Despite the movies indie beginnings it nonetheless showcases an impressive cast including Jeff Goldblum, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, Ryan Phillipe, Bill Pullman as well as many other fine character players. Also, playing the 10-year Igby is Kierens younger sibling Rory, begging the question: is there no end to this family?
Helped along by a carefully chosen modern rock score (Coldplay, Dandy Warhols, Badly Drawn Boy and 60ft Dolls remember them?) all the players give exceptional performances. Indeed in the accompanying short In Search of Igby, each star raves so much about Burrs wonderful script that one starts to think that the movie could have been even better.
Fans of Donno Darko, Swingers, Buffalo 66, and The Virgin Suicides will find much to admire here. And those left in any doubt are advised to check out some of the movies finer quotations on www.imdb.com. Sample:
Igby: Oliver is majoring in neo-fascism at Columbia.
InterestingBy Larkin from London , 22 Dec 2003A voyeuristic journey into the upper society of America. The rights of passage of a child who by being different is not understood by the people he calls his family. An encouraging film illustrating that nurture is not as powerful as the very nature of who we are and that the battle for individual identity will have its own impact on those who know us and those who dont.