[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.
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.
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…
Clever and dark coming-of-age movie anchored by a great Kieran Culkin performance. Not sure the timeshifting enhances the experience but it's a funny, emotional watch regardless.
I'd been vaguely wanting to see this movie for about ten years, and once I finally did, it was hard for the experience to live up to the anticipation. The quirk factor of the more grotesque characters feels a bit too high, but there's a true and raw emotional core at the center that endeared me to Igby, and Kieran Culkin makes the most of a character that could have come off as annoying. It's also fun to see Jared Harris in a performance that couldn't be more different from his role on 'Mad Men.' Not bad at all, but not great either. Somewhere pretty close to the middle.
It was okay, good soundtrack. It's always nice to see a Culkin.
As close to a cinematic rendition of J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye as we're liable to get, I think, but that's fine by me, since this is a pretty damn good drama by itself. It's unfortunate that Kieran Culkin's career never launched in quite the spectacular fashion that some probably predicted with his terrific breakout performance here, but it's something any young actor would be proud to have on his resume, either way. Come to think of it, I'm wondering why it took so long for director Burr Steers to get back behind the camera, too. I wonder if he had the best intentions and something just broke his concentration. A flock of seagulls, perhaps. Anyway, the film won…
Theres a definate Catch in the Rye vibe to this one. Didn't really enjoy it as much as I hoped I might.
I felt like "Igby Goes Down" suffers from a severe lack of direction, by which I mean it doesn't seem to have any idea where it's going. And even worse, it's not saying anything.
Igby (Culkin) is an erudite, precocious 16-year old burn-out who's been kicked out of an array of private schools. His mom (Sarandon) is a dying shrew of a woman; his brother (Phillippe) is an asshole; his dad (Pullman) is schizophrenic.
Igby, though yet to receive a G.E.D., is so wise beyond his years: he's a real wit, using highbrow references and thoughtful analyses. But like all the rest, Igby is equally unlikable, if not more so, which renders the film incredibly frustrating. Why do I care…
Burr Steers also wrote How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is probably better.
Like Rushmore or Harold and Maude but not as sharp or funny (despite some cute dialogue exchanges). I probably would have enjoyed this more at 15 but at 25 all I can see is how the female characters exist primarily as either one dimensional tarts (the mother) or sexual accessories to be traded between Igby, his brother and a game yet miscast Jeff Goldblum.
Despite some excellent casting, this “coming of age” story is slow-paced and so full of teenage angst it doesn’t really hold the viewer’s atention. It also deliberately avoids any unpleasant realities that might derail the plot. For example, everything takes place in the NYC area, but there is a total lack of police presence when a minor child disappears, a credit card is fraudulently used, a murder is committed, etc. The main character Igby, played by Kieran Culkin, is not especially likeable or compelling: a smart-ass brat with a victim mentality. But it’s a comedy, of sorts, so it doesn’t take itself too seriously. On the plus side, there was some crisp dialog here and there. See it or don’t. It’s not a life changer.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- Finding Nemo
- The Lookout
- Paris, Texas
- Dark City
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