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Igby Goes Down [DVD] [2003]

Kieran Culkin , Susan Sarandon , Burr Steers    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 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: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Portuguese, Greek, Hebrew, Turkish, Czech, Croatian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISL2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,463 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Meet Igby Slocumb (Kieran Culkin). He’s an angry, rebellious and sarcastic seventeen year old at war with the stifling world of ‘old money’ privilege into which he was born. Igby’s life and family seem one of privilege on the surface, but he’s figuring things out are completely different underneath. His father, Jason, (Bill Pullman) is away, "recuperating from life" after a sad slide into schizophrenia. His mother, Mimi (Susan Sarandon), is fierce, distant and self-absorbed, with a long-term dependency of "little peppies" to get through the day. And his older brother, Oliver (Ryan Phillipe), is a shark-like young Republican on the fast-track to materialism at Columbia University. All in all, Igby figures there’s a better life out there – and sets about finding it. After flunking out of yet another prep school, Igby is sent to a Midwest military academy, and from there, with his mother’s pilfered credit card, he goes "on the lam". His darkly comedic voyage eventually leads to New York, where he hides out at his godfather’s (Jeff Goldblum) weekend pied-a-terre.

Avoiding his family, Igby falls in with a host of questionable characters, including his godfather’s trophy girlfriend (Amanda Peet), her flamboyant pal, Russell (Jared Harris) and the terminally bored Sookie Sapperstein (Claire Danes). In his quest to free himself from the oppressive dysfunction of his family and figure out what he wants for himself, Igby’s struggles veer from comic to tragic in an ultimately noble attempt to keep himself from "going down".

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "and Igby goes down..." 30 July 2004
By Priyan Meewella VINE VOICE
An extremely intelligent black comedy, Igby Goes Down brings together an excellent cast in one of the few films where all the key characters are drawn with amusing depth and I love (and generally despise) every one of them.
Igby [Kieran Culkin] is avoiding school essentially in an attempt to find himself and escape the dysfunction of his family, although he's making it up as he goes along without any real plans. His family consists of his father Jason [Bill Pullman] in a mental institution, his dying self-absorbed pill-popping mother Mimi [Susan Sarandon], his manipulative young Republican brother Oliver [Ryan Phillippe] and wealthy success-obessessed godfather D.H. Baines [Jeff Goldblum]. Igby develops a strange relationship with his godfather's mistress Rachel [Amanda Peet] and then finds a more stable one through a few chance encounters with Sookie Sapperstein [Claire Danes] until she is seduced away by his brother. Through all of this, and contrary to the title, Igby refuses to go down and may be the only one capable of escaping this mess and moving forward.
The film has very little in the way of a plot, being instead constructed from a series of dialogue-oriented episodes that show Igby's interaction with those around him and the relationships that develop. Steers chooses to start with the end of the story and then jump back, a device that seems largely unnecessary, but the violent shock of that scene does unsettle and grab the attention of the audience. The introductory scene of snippets from Igby's young life is also particularly well edited, offering an amusing insight into the utter dysfunction in which he has been forced to grow up.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I know a girl from Baltimore... 19 April 2004
17 year old Igby Slocumb (Kieran Culkin) is the youngest child of a pill-popping iron-willed mother Mimi Slocumb (Susan Sarandon) and schizophrenic father Jason Slocumb (Bill Pullman). Resilient to his mother’s demands, and fighting against his Godfather’s (Jeff Goldblum) capitalistic falseness, Igby gets kicked out of school and hides out in the bohemian Manhattan underworld.
Families can be important to a person’s career, just ask Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez or George W. Bush. Or perhaps ask Burr Steers, Nephew to National Book Award-winning author Gore Vidal, descendent of U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr, great-grandson of Oklahoma founder and U.S. Senator Thomas Gore - relative of U.S. Vice President Al Gore, or then again, maybe not. Burr Steers, much like the lead character of his first screenplay, and directorial debut, Igby Goes Down spent most of his youth battling the pressures of growing up in a demanding ‘successful’ family and spent his twenties between jobs, doing small theatre acting jobs, as well as managing to land a place as ‘Flock-of-Seagulls Roger’ in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
In the opening credits, Igby and his fascist brother Oliver (Ryan Philippe)’s past is played out between Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen’s wonderful score. Although the scenes are brief, they manage to expertly depict the direction of the film. Igby’s father Jason (Bill Pullman), and mother (Susan Sarandon) bicker at the table about personal hygiene, before Jason leaves the table and returns naked to propose a toast to ‘good hygiene’, it’s an opening that manages to be funny and yet saddening, dramatic yet light-hearted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Movie For Thoughtful Teens 15 Oct 2008
Igby Goes Down is not your run-of-the-mill teen movie.
Based around a wealthy typically dysfunctional family, mainly about Igby.
He is pobably the only sane person in his family.
For me the movie was a little bit too weird, none of the supporting characters were particularly likeable (as a matter of fact most of them are very unlikeable), but its hard not to like the cynical Igby who's just been born into a messed up family.
There's no real storyline, but everything that seems to happen to Igby is unfortunate, his brother steals away the girl he likes, his mother is dying & his dad is in a mental institution. So far so f***** up. Kieran Culkin is good as the lead, its unfortunate he doesn't get more movie roles, Ryan Phillippe gives his usual mediocre, wooden pole-up-his-a*** performance & Amanda Peet is good as a seductive druggie.
A major down side of the movie for me is that it can be boring at times, but makes up for it by being really blatantly funny (mainly Igby).
In conclusion, I'd recommend this to anyone interested in quirky teen movies, with more thought than entertainment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good one 10 Aug 2003
The directorial debut of Burr Steers is a film that people who has seen it will hardly forget.
The story, set in New York, is about a young man, Jason "Igby" Slocumb Jr. (masterfully played by Kieran Culkin, a very promising actor), dealing with the struggle of growing up in what we could call an "uncomfortable" ambient.
The coldness of the people he lives with drives him down and down everytime, and he tries to stay on the edge as much as he can. I won't get deeper into the story. I don't want to spoil it.
An amazing funny screenplay written by the director himself puts the audience into the story in a very good way. The whole cast is great: Susan Sarandon, Ryan Philippe, Jeff Goldblum (very funny imho), Amanda Peet, Jared Harris, Claire Danes, Bill Pullman; as you may see, great great names.
Watch this movie, you won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this film
I thought this was a really good film ,again another good rites of passage film showing the perils and promises of negotiating teenage to adulthood surrounded by many dysfunctional... Read more
Published 6 months ago by naomi warner
4.0 out of 5 stars Culkin is great...
Nice little film that has many levels to it. On one level, it's an extremely dark comedy with some very funny moments, on another level it's a rather deep drama about a teen... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by BPR
1.0 out of 5 stars Really, Not in anyway good
Decided to watch this film on dvd because i had it laying around the house, boy i wish i hadn't. pure boredom, serious boredom, just plain awful, an unmittaged piece of crap. Read more
Published on 20 April 2011 by ekb
3.0 out of 5 stars worth a punt for a low budget indie flick
I was really in two minds before watching this; it seemed to be a rather pretentious movie with plenty of quirky characters chucked in for the hell of it. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2006 by nerfeezah
3.0 out of 5 stars An above-average teen film
In some ways, this is a fairly standard coming-of age story, but it's well enough executed that I found it engaging and entertaining. Read more
Published on 16 April 2006 by David Welsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you a vegetarian?
This is an absolutely fantastic film and the writer and director, Burr Steers, deserves a hell of a lot of credit for producing something so brilliant. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2006 by "xlissie"
5.0 out of 5 stars Igby is the thinking woman's crumpet!
I'm sure I'm not alone in watching this film and looking at Kieran Culkin in a whole new light. He's "come a long way baby" from those child star days and is frankly very sexy. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Igby Goes Down
this is an exceptional film which focus's on a mind of a troubled 17 year old who doesnt listen to anybody apart from himself. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2003 by mel
4.0 out of 5 stars Igby Goes Down
This film (although not mainstream, big bugdeted or starring Hollywood superstars exactly) was exceptional and featured strong leads on behalf of Culkin and Sarandon. Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad and the Igby
hmmm....great film. IGD has everything a good film needs: intriguing beginning, captivating end, all plot no padding in between and a killer soundtrack. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2003
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