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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VerboseBy Alfod (115 reviews) from Walsall , 17 May 2007One of those films that polarises opinion I enjoyed this movie more the second time around. The first time I saw it I hadn't got into its mindset and found all the characters annoying, even the ones I wasn't supposed to. As was the case with The Royal Tennenbaums, this depicts a strange way of life lived by a strange group of people and there's an adjustment period you need to go through to 'get' the humour of the piece. Once this is achieved you feel an appreciation that there's movies like this being made where the plot is character and not action driven.
Written and directed by Burr Steers, who was behind the screenplay to How to Lose a Guy in 12 Days, this centres on Jason 'Igby' Slocumb Junior (Keiran Culkin). Pubescent and directionless, Igby has a domineering mother (Susan Sarandon, by far and away the best actor of the piece), a brother he hates (Ryan Philippe) and a schizophrenic Dad who's been institutionalised (Bill Pullman). So far, so disfunctional.
After his mother enrols him in military school, Igby decides to strike out on his own and travels to Manhattan where he finds refuge at the boho studio apartment of his godfather's mistress, Rachel (Amanda Peet). With Jeff Goldblum as his godfather, Claire Danes as Sookie, a waitress who crosses his path and Jared 'son of Richard' Harris as one of Rachel's artist friends, the main cast looks impressive and there's no weak leak in the pack. Some snappy dialogue and a plotline that takes unpredictable twists all add up to a good movie, the brave opening scene only making sense once the movie has almost reached its conclusion.
The only criticism i'd have is that Kieran Culkin looks a very young 17 and his conquest of both Rachel and Sookie fails to convince. Worth seeing for Sarandon's Mother from Hell alone.
A Friday NighterBy Tim Freeman from Kent , 13 Nov 2006I took a punt on this one thinking it sounded a little quirky and different and how right I was. Culkin is excellent, Goldblum and Sarandon perfect in their roles, and the supporting roles are really well cast.
If you're after something a little different but love black comedy this one's for you.
BoringBy a customer from London, England , 05 Apr 2006This film is weird. Well, I like weird films but not this one. Guess, the characters are supposed to be funny/ironic, I just find them annoying.
I almost fell asleep watching it. Hm, reading about the story I thought this is an interesting film. But it's not. It's rubbish.
average movieBy a customer from abingdon,england , 19 Mar 2006good to pass a few hours,but nothing great
Great!By a customer from Norwich, England , 08 Mar 2006A great film which explores the paths and personalities of two brothers who, after sharing a disproportinate amount of thier Mothers love, have to deal with her death. Certainly for the more decerning viewer. Humourous, dark and thoroughly entertaining.
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