Igby Goes DownMay 1, 2003
A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 7.0/10 (21,699 voted)
Critic's Score: 72/100
Stars: Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum
Igby Goes Down is a personal tale about a 17 year old misfit boy who copes with his mother's cancer and his father's insanity by pursuing relationships with older women. Truly an intellectual, Igby is a modern day Holden Caulfield, and the world he lives in is far removed from the high standards of expectation he holds for it.
Peter Anthony Tambakis
(as Peter Tambakis)
Insanity is relative
Atlantic Streamline [United States] story, shoot journal |
Official site [Singapore] (English) |
Release Date: 1 May 2003
Filming Locations: Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $306,705
(15 September 2002)
(Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)
Did You Know?
Kieran Culkin was actually drinking white grape juice at the Hampton's party.
Rachel's position when she is lying in the bathtub in Russell's apartment.
Why couldn't she have been a fucking smoker.
This has nothing to do with her being in such wonderful shape. The cause of our trouble was our inability to come up with a drug short of paint thinner, that would be at least somewhat novel to her system. She's built up a tolerance to everything.
A tolerance? She's taking her fucking afternoon nap.
Brilliant Filmmaking and Acting
Ten out of ten. One of the greats, with memorable characters you'll think
about for days. This great film got caught in MGM/UA distribution
If it could have busted out of the indy circuit from day one and gotten
general release, it would have been favorably compared with "The Graduate"
and Kieran Culkin's performance with Dustin Hoffman's debut performance in
that Mike Nichol's classic. MGM/UA blew it.
Culkin is a great young player with a look and resources evoking both
Hoffman and Robert Downey. He's naturalistic and great to watch. Smart,
funny, urbane writing by first time director Steers is never "on the
Yet underneath the evasive, sarcastic stripped down dialogue he pulls hard
hitting emotions from his ensemble. Not a false or wasted scene and more
than a few really powerful ones. Every player is at the top of their game,
from Kieran Culkin to Amanda Peet, Jeff Goldblum to Susan Sarandon, Bill
Pullman to Claire Danes to Ryan Phillippe. They're obviously guided by a
director who knows how to work with an ensemble to get an overall
Igby is the anti Ferris Beuhler – a smart wanna be who's wise mouth and
attitude usually piss off those around him – his mother, his brother, his
godfather. Torn between those who don't get him and those who do (Peet,
Danes), Igby paints all his relationships with the same sarcastic brush,
vulnerability only busting out when he's pushed to the limit. Culkin's
perfomance is not to be missed. The key women, Sarandon, Peet and Danes
play fully formed characters. Goldblum is perfect for his role, his usual
facile acting style well suited to the South Hampton prince he plays; his
best turn in years.
Seers has style and flow, and his final cut is aided by the excellent
choices he and his music supervisor, Nick Harcourt arrived at. Cameron
couldn't do better. The Igby soundtrack is tres alt moderne and every cut
Warning: Actors are blocked (brilliantly) for wide screen format. So this
film will suffer from TV / video screen ratios as the Graduate does.
go see it in the theater NOW or wait for letterbox!