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Igby Goes Down
Insanity is relative.
A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Kieran, my favourite Culkin.
He is great as Igby, and watching him 'go down' is a dark, depressing, unusual, unpredictable and uproarious. It has a great soundtrack. A great cast, and a great Claire Danes.
Indie doesn't get much better.
Writer-Director Burr Steers blasts into the indie scene with this biting, richly-textured drama that features the single best performance by a teenager I’ve seen since the early works of Maguire, DiCaprio, and Wood. Kieran Culkin is a marvel to behold as a modern day Holden Caulfield growing out of a truly dysfunctional family that includes bitter, ailing mother (Susan Sarandon), absent, mentally ill father (Bill Pullman, nicely underplaying it here), and arrogant, distant brother (Ryan Phillippe).
This brilliant cast, which also includes a great Jeff Goldblum, Amanda Peet and a radiant Claire Danes, underscores Steers’ hilariously witty script, featuring some of the most enlightening conversations I’ve heard in a long while.
This seemed like a natural choice for a back-to-back double feature with "The Perks of Being a Wallflower", for specific reasons I can't explain. I guess they both focus on a troubled teen antagonist, even though Charlie of "Perks" and Igby are wildly different souls.
This is my first viewing of the film since it was released ten years ago, and I think it doesn't hold up nearly as well this time for a couple of reasons. I think I took an automatic loving to the film back then because I was the same age as Igby, so it had something extra for me to relate to right off the bat. The biggest reason it doesn't hold up as much…
I was skeptical about this film due to the showy and attention seeking title, and my deep hatred of teenagers.
But, my love of the Culkins' prevailed and I'm glad it did, as Igby Goes Down was thoroughly enjoyable and featured a great performance from Kieran Culkin (and my favorite, Rory Culkin, as the young Igby).
Even Claire Danes and Ryan Phillippe couldn't ruin this, and really, isn't that the highest praise a film can receive?
Also, the door scene near the end is far better than the door scene in Basketball Diaries, as far as door scenes go.
So many babes all in one film. Kieran Culkin is fantastic. Maybe my favourite Culkin? It's a close call. Of course Jeff is flawless. The relationship between Igby and all the adults in his life are very entertaining to watch, a nice, short, dark film.
Igby (Kieran Culkin) has had a less than perfect upbringing and is about to rebel in a way that only those whose less than perfect childhoods involve a lot of money can aspire to. I'm not sure that I really understood what the director was trying to tell me abut Igby, his family and acquaintances but found this an intriguing film.
A coming of age story of sorts staring the young and much more talented Culkin, Keiran who kind of looks like Toby Maguire.
A well told story that is unique, funny, dramatic and highly entertaining.
A well rounded and perfect cast starring to ID4 alumni, the always great Susan Sarandon and a very sexy, young and at one point naked Amanda Peet.
A story about a boy rejecting his overbearing rich family that takes you on a journey and never lets you know what is coming next.
A comedy and a drama rolled up into a taut 90 minutes.
A film that I liked when I saw in the theatre, was super stoked to get on DVD and still enjoy…
I often heard about this film but we never crossed paths, until now. And so much fun it was. So many great characters and actors and an unpredictable storyline. And to think that I know a person resembling Igby! Recommended!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Kieran Culkin is excellent in the title role, a young seventeen-year-old raised in an affluent family, albeit one that is very dysfunctional. His mother (Susan Sarandon) is cold-hearted and only cares about Igby's education, job future, and how he'll look to other rich folks. Ryan Phillippe does a good job as Igby's also-cold brother who is successful in everything he does and casts Igby in a bad light by comparison. Igby's father (Bill Pullman) is closest to him, unfortunately he suffers from mental illness. Igby faces life with cynicism, sarcasm, and indifference, all the while being a pain in his mother's side by getting kicked out of every school he attends, and getting in trouble with the law. He encounters…
If there were a porn made from this movie, they wouldn't even have to change the title.
Because you know Igby is a caring lover. He'd be a gentleman about it.
I enjoyed some parts of it. Kieran is about as locked into a character as Jason Schwartzman is. By that, I mean every movie I watch that shares an actor with Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World feels like a continuation into that character's life. Life imitates art, I suppose.
You ever just get so fucked up that someone lays you down in a shower on top of your shit covered towel?
That's one of the parts I liked.
Igby is a 17 year old boy that has a disfuncional family. The movie should have worked if it was a comedy but this indie flick is thoroughly unfunny.
catcher in the rye meets harold and maude but... nowhere near as good as either
amazing ensemble cast though, especially jared harris and my husband jeff goldblum
This film had some strong performances, but it was just too much of a downer for me to like.
"You're all a bunch of phonies."
It's mix of humour and drama only works half the time and the Igby and his surrounding circle feel less like characters and more like characteurs. The soundtrack too is a little ham fisted. This is still a very watchable film though that is scene after scene of good enough but never great.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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