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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Not my cup of teaBy funky from Brixton , 28 Jul 2005I only watched this film cause I rented it and thought get my money worth but it was rubbish I really didnt care about Igby some rich white middle class guy did this film expect me to feel sorry for him.
Intelligent indie dramaBy willpower from Essex , 24 Jun 2005Sorry for the short review but if you liked Donnie Darko or other "quirky" indie films you will love this.
Great perfomances by Kieran Culkin, Ryan Phillipe and a great cast all round.
Not sure the word quirky is the right one, but dark comedy probably is about right!
Igby is a DownerBy AJIJ from Oxon , 08 Jun 2005Though it has a lot going for it, ultimately Igby goes down is a really depressing film. Though it has lots of funny moments they distract rather than enhance the narrative. It's a kind of rights of passage film, but why all the characters are so miserable when the are great looking, clever and very rich is a bit of a mystery to me.
They seem to think it is because they live in New York, again why this was such a tragedy is also a puzzle to me. Still, it is well made, cleverly structured and attempting to deal with some profound issies. It is worth a look - but not if you want cheering up.
Haiku ReviewBy evilyn from London , 07 Jun 2005A Haiku review of the film 'Igby Goes Down':
Conceit needs to be
More funny, more substantial
For it to work well.
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they **** you up, your mum and dad......By hrhpod (32 reviews) from Edinburgh , 12 May 2005wow. You know how it is, you see the name Culkin on a film box, you assume that slapstick comedy and inane, apple-pie, feel-good, tripe, is within.
Well think again. Culkin gives a faultless performance, in a beautifully deadpan homage to 'The catcher in the rye'. The script in bone dry, Saranden is truly hateful and Jeff Goldblum appears to come from a different plane of reality altogether.
Igby's central struggle is with his fear that his father's mental illness may in turn press down upon him. His wit and intelligence, in the face of this struggle, are all but lost on his revolting family. This is sometimes emotionally gruesome - but damn it's funny. Igby goes down took me by suprise - I just don't know why it's not more widely applauded.
Great tunes too.