Igby Goes Down
Igby Goes Down
| 13 September 2002 (USA)
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A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.

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Baseshment

I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.

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Kidskycom

It's funny watching the elements come together in this complicated scam. On one hand, the set-up isn't quite as complex as it seems, but there's an easy sense of fun in every exchange.

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Erica Derrick

By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.

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Ginger

Very good movie overall, highly recommended. Most of the negative reviews don't have any merit and are all pollitically based. Give this movie a chance at least, and it might give you a different perspective.

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gogoschka-1

Igby caught me by surprise; I hadn't heard much of the film before seeing it and rented it on a hunch. What a beautiful, weird, sad, funny coming-of-age story and what a cast. The performances throughout are amazing. I absolutely adore this film. 8 stars out of 10In case you're interested in more underrated masterpieces, here's some of my favorites:imdb.com/list/ls070242495

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SnoopyStyle

Igby Slocumb (Kieran Culkin) is from a crazy dysfunctional family. The movie opens with him and brother Oliver (Ryan Phillippe) smothering their sleeping mother (Susan Sarandon) with a plastic bag. Then it dives back into their lives before. Igby is a rebellious f-up who is sent to military school. His father Jason (Bill Pullman) suffers from mental instability. His domineering mother Mimi (Susan Sarandon) is a mess. His older brother Ollie (Ryan Phillippe) is a republican. D.H. Banes (Jeff Goldblum) is his godfather. Then there are Banes' drug-addicted mistress Rachel (Amanda Peet) and the wonderfully charming Sookie (Claire Danes).Kieran could be a great actor. He does a great slacker rebel. Something about his character just rubs me the wrong way. I don't like this character. I don't like anybody in this movie. Don't get me wrong. I love all the actors here, but I just don't like any of the characters. Everybody is mean-spirited and selfish. I can't bring myself to liking this movie.

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Nick Papageorgio

I didn't entirely dislike this movie, but watching it after so recently rereading The Catcher in the Rye was just making me twitch. I read an IMDb user's review earlier which said something like "Igby is the modern-day Holden Caufield." That's the praise the creators of this film were looking for, I'm sure, but it's also far too on the nose. I'll refrain from including spoilers, but I will say that right from the beginning I could parallel scenes in the movie, pretty much exactly, to scenes from Catcher. Even Igby's dialogue mirrors Holden's. He repeats phrases like "I think you're great, I really do" and "that tortures me". He drinks and chain smokes. I could go on.Let's be clear here: Igby Goes Down doesn't simply pay homage to J.D. Salinger's classic novel. It doesn't stand on its own, which means it also doesn't honor its roots. It felt almost like they wanted to make a film adaptation of The Catcher in the Rye, couldn't get the rights, and said "forget it then; we'll come up with something ourselves".The mimetic protagonist made the story as a whole hard for me to swallow, but to be fair, there are plenty of unique characters in Igby Goes Down. The premise is obviously contrived, but it still makes for an okay story. If you have never read Catcher, and therefore aren't forced to draw comparisons, you will probably enjoy this movie quite a bit more than I did.

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VideoGameHollywood

Igby Goes Down was by no means a terrible film. I would classify it as a dark comedy with a lot of drama. The movie was filmed well and has a very bizarre cast of characters. I thought Kieran Culkin did an awesome job and was perfect for the character. My only problem with the movie was the forced emotions that they tried to pressure on you. Every characters so called problems were simply self-created and I'm sorry but I can't feel sorry for some spoiled kid who never had a job in his life and can't handle the harsh upper-class lifestyle in New York. Claire Danes is a skank in the movie... nothing more. Her character starts off OK, but then ure like, WOW she is nothing but a whore and why should I feel sorry for her. Altogether I like this movie, it is the definition of an independent movie.VideoGameHollywood.com

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