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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Off beat comedy or off beat drama?By a customer from OXON , 25 Jan 2012It's an OK film that has some big names assigned to the cast but I was a little underwhelmed if honest. I couldn't decide if it was an oddball drama or an oddball comedy - it did neither particularly well. Worth a look but don't expect miracles...
Good Movie!By Balham (102 reviews) from London , 22 Sep 2008Great performances all round in a witty satirical & quirky tale...Recommended.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I was really in two minds before watching this; it seemed to be a rather pretentious movie with plenty of quirky characters chucked in for the hell of it. The kind of offbeat indie flick that top name actors will scramble for to add some spice and cred to their CV. The cast list would indicate that this is so as we have Susan Sarandon as the mother from hell, Jeff Goldblum as the slimy godfather, Ryan Phillipe and Claire Danes. The lead character of Igby is played by Kieran Culkin as the young rebel determined to escape from his family and his father's legacy of going completely loopy.
The movie hinges on Kieran's performance as we see his journey and Kieran does a good job while Claire Danes does her prerequisite crying face. Girls who find Kieran cute from the DVD cover will instantly enjoy this film. If you're not so won over by his looks, then you may find it harder to warm to the characters. There are some witty lines but there is also a touch of smugness from the script that believes it is so much more witty and clever than it is, much like the characters I guess. It wasn't horribly unwatchable as I feared, there's a cool soundtrack and the story did keep my attention.
Great black comedyBy a customer from NE England , 25 Nov 2007I really enjoyed this film, the acting was excellent with the who who's of acting talent. Perhaps I related to it more than the average person here growing up in the NE of the US and going to private prep schools, as a lot of it hit close to home - although taking it to extremes obviously being Hollywood. Even if this is totally foreign however, as it will be for 99% of the world, it still is darkly funny though in a sometimes uncomfortable way. The kid in it is excellent, with his one liners, smart arse comments common when you're in your late teens. He's also excellent in the more dramatic moments too, as is Claire Daines as always. The only person who seemed a bit flat was the guy playing his older brother, but then perhaps that was the one dimensional nature of his character. I can see how this wouldn't be for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.
....not recommendedBy a customer from UK , 23 Jul 2007I didn't get into this film, and maybe if I'd understand the beginning, liek the middle, and watched the end, it would have made a few more stars. I'm sorry, I just didn't catch the appeal!