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Igby Goes Down (2002)

Kieran Culkin , Susan Sarandon , Burr Steers  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum, Claire Danes, Jared Harris
  • Directors: Burr Steers
  • Writers: Burr Steers
  • Producers: David Rubin, Fran Lucci, Helen Beadleston, Lisa Tornell, Marco Weber
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007JXWX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Igby Goes Down" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "In Search of Igby" featurette
  • Deleted scenes with director's commentary
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Many movies strive to capture the confused, yearning spirit of The Graduate or The Catcher in the Rye; Igby Goes Down succeeds. Igby (Kieran Culkin) is a teen struggling to find any purpose or meaning to his life; surrounding him are his tyrant mother Mimi (Susan Sarandon), schizophrenic father Jason (Bill Pullman), wealthy and deceitful godfather D.H. (Jeff Goldblum), and cold brother Oliver (Ryan Phillippe)--all of whom have their own problems. While evading being sent to yet another boarding school, Igby seeks solace with two women: Rachel (Amanda Peet), a drug-addicted dancer who's D.H.'s mistress, and Sookie (Claire Danes), a college student who becomes perhaps his only friend. Culkin carries the film, ably supported by the superb cast; script, direction, and performances are razor sharp. Igby Goes Down doesn't let anyone--including Igby--off the hook for their cruelty, hypocrisy, or lack of empathy. --Bret Fetzer

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
In the history of film teen angst films are a relatively recent genre. The first classic teen film, in fact, might be REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. There have been a few additional good teen films, but most of them, by and large, haven't been terribly successful. IGBY GOES DOWN is a spectacular exception, and takes its place as one of the finest teen films ever made. Although it has many exceptionally sad, even tragic elements, it is nonetheless a comedy. But even at its sharpest moments, the comedy is very, very dark. At one point Claire Danes says to Kieran Culkin, "You're funny" and he replies, "Then why don't you laugh?" This could be emblematic for the film as a whole.
The movie begins with Culkin and Ryan Phillippe, playing sons of Susan Sarandon, placing a plastic bag over her head to kill her. It sets the tone for the rest of the film as effectively as any I have ever seen. Moving on from there, we are introduced to all the various broken individuals who inhabit Igby's world: His horrific, unaffectionate, hyper critical, coldhearted mother, played magnificently by Susan Sarandon. His loving father played by Bill Pullman, who nonetheless succumbs to mental illness and is institutionalized. His amoral, cold brother. His philandering godfather played by Jeff Goldblum. Goldblum's mistress, a heroin addict played by Amanda Peet. For a while, he apparently has a decent girlfriend, played by Claire Danes, but she ends up hurting him as much as any of the others. It is indicative of how wretched his world is when perhaps his greatest benefactors in the film are the heroin addict and her drug supplier.
Igby is no saint, but by the end of the film, you end up thinking that, given his execrable upbringing and acquaintances, he has turned out far better than one might have hoped.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kieran Culkin's triumph February 27, 2003
Not every movie starts with a pair of teenage boys painstakingly killing their mother, and even fewer could make you like those boys. But "Igby Goes Down" actually manages to do this. It's a coming-of-age story (much as I hate the phrase) with humor and poignancy, and it's a hard role that the fantastic Kieran Culkin pulls off.
Igby's father (Bill Pullman) is in a mental home, his mother Mimi (Susan Sarandon) is a pill-popping harpy, his godfather D.H. (Jeff Goldblum) is humorously scruple-free, and his brother Oliver (Ryan Phillippe) is cold-blooded and mercenary. Igby himself (Kieran Culkin) is a perpetual dropout who deliberately fails at every prep school he's sent to, and then he runs away from a cab taking him back to military school. Free at last of his suffocating upper-crust life, Igby secretly moves into the loft apartment of D.H.'s dancer-junkie mistress Rachel (Amanda Peet).
At first, things are okay for Igby, especially after he meets and falls for a cynical, ice-cream-eating college student named Sookie Sapperstein (Claire Danes). But when his brother disrupts his love life, his godfather finds out about Igby's relationship with Rachel, and Mimi's cancer grows worse, Igby begins to go down... unless he can break away to freedom.
One of the most unique aspects of "Igby Goes Down" is that a concrete reason is given for the lead character to rebel. Most rebels don't have a cause. But Igby rebels not just out of unhappiness, but out of fear that he (like his father) will "go down." One of the most moving parts of this film is when a young Igby (played by Kieran's little brother Rory) sees his father come unglued in the shower. An equally memorable scene has Igby hollowly repeating his father's words at his own reflection.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This unconventional film about a teenage boy struggling to escape the crushing pressures in his life defies categorization. While one could describe it as a dark comedy, it is funny only in places, and then in a desperate, cynical way. But it doesn't take itself as seriously as a true drama. "Igby Goes Down" works best as a film that is what it is: the story of Igby (Kieran Culkin), who has been kicked out of every private school his mother Mimi (Susan Sarandon) has enrolled him in and who goes on the lam to avoid the next one. Igby's father (Bill Pullman) has been in a mental hospital for the past six years, and his mother is a snooty matron dying of breast cancer who spends her time fiercely trying to get Igby into yet another school. His brother Oliver (Ryan Phillippe) is a snobbish self-important Columbia undergrad. Igby's life is truly messed up, and no one can stand to be in his company for long before they feel like hitting him. The one thing Igby has going for him is an often charming wit, and that, combined with so many things beyond his control, endears him to the viewer.
Culkin shows surprising range as Igby, moving convincingly from sarcastic to resourceful to desperate - and back again to sarcastic. Claires Danes is spunky and perfectly edgy as the Bennington drop-out Sookie, and Amanda Peet is even better as the sensual non-dancer dancer and junkie Rachel. Jeff Goldblum turns in a fine performance as DH, Igby's godfather, who, as Oliver says, is finely-tuned for only one thing: making money. Susan Sarandon seems to float through this movie until the end, when she, too, reveals astonishing aspects of her character. Every last character is this film is quirky.
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Published 1 month ago by becky coe
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring movie with unappealing people
If your idea of fun is to spend two hours in the presence of boring, directionless rich people as they waste their lives, by all means watch this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Doctor.Generosity
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 stars
I swear to god all these dam movies are the same. you take a great character like holden caulfield and just see it get twisted into this wisecracking jerk. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Victor M. Dasilva II
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Movie
After reading many reviews I sometimes feel I'm the only one that gets this movie. His sardonic, dry, detached view of his very dysfunctional family is hilarious and sad at the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Camper Van Beethoven
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
This is a movie I rented this when it was new. love jeff goldblum in this this one. honestly I cant remember seeing this for sale in any store. glad to find it on dvd. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Catcher in the Rye 2001
Excellent coming of age flick with all the juicy & spicy sauce. The Jaded & Cruel & Privileged upper class old money set in NYC versus one reasonably kind & decent kid's rebellion. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Review
While this movie was classified as a comedy ... it had bits of it though it was more of a dramatic piece. With that said,I found it to be very intriguing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Joy Lamberti
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange quirky entertaining
If you liked Garden State, you'll like this movie. No, it's not the best thing you'll see all year, but Kieran is awesome as Igby, plus there are enough twists and turns to keep... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ronald Peterson
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip it
With Susan Sarandon in the cast I kept expecting it to get never did. Downer of a movie. Don't waste your time.
Published 14 months ago by Joann Phoenix
1.0 out of 5 stars Just not right
When a movie starts out with two brothers plotting to kill their mother you know it's going to be a stinker. Only watched the first 10-15 minutes and called it quits.
Published 15 months ago by Karen Roupe
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