[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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.
"She's a dancer who doesn't dance and her friend is a painter who doesn't paint. It's kind of a Boho version of the Island of the Lost Toys."
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.
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 angsty it hurts. But in a good way. This isn't exactly a cinematic experience, but powerhouse performances (especially from Kieran Culkin) and some really fun dialogue make for an entertaining watch. Recommend it to your friend who thinks Juno is the greatest movie ever made.
Watched it first over a decade ago and didn't really like it but thought I'd rewatch it after finding it in the local Poundland to see if I was wrong...
I guess I was, but as it starts so promisingly I still ended up a tad disappointed as I lost interest in the story towards the end.
It might grow on me I guess and I do kinda wish Kieran Culkin was in more stuff - he's pretty ace here.
Worth a viewing for sure.
"Smart and novelistic and spiked with more than a bit of The Catcher in the Rye."
A perfect early 2000s easy watch indie flick complete with all respective upsides and downsides.
"are you a vegetarian? Ive never seen anyone roll a joint like that."
Funny, but scattered.
- i've unequivocally loved kieran culkin in every role i've seen him in. he excels at this kind of character work and he's especially effective with the material he's working with here, even when steers's script gives him the occasional groaner of a line ("what're you majoring in?" "attitude").
- everyone here turns in pitch perfect performances, from susan sarandon laying down the template for lucille bluth to ryan phillipe's hilarious caricature of every young republican you've ever met and refrained from punching. jeff goldblum's unctuous cadence barely conceals his moral decrepitude and that scene when he finally reveals his inner monstrousity is really shocking even when you know it's coming
- amanda peet and the dandy warhols soundtrack all…
Pete and Peet.
This movie felt sort of like an imitation Bret Easton Ellis story with an overabundance of teen angst. The excessive snark gets old pretty quickly.
Top 250-ish is pretty definitive. Essentially the top/most memorable 20-25% of all the feature length films I've seen in my…
my favorite letterboxd posters! ordered by color (only movies i've seen)