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Igby Goes Down (2002)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
13-Year-Old Oliver (as Peter Tambakis)
Lt. Smith
Little Cadet
Elizabeth Jagger ...
Lisa Fiedler


Seventeen year old Jason Slocumb, Jr. - Igby to most that know him - comes from east coast old money, the second son of self-absorbed and controlling Mimi Slocumb and medically-diagnosed schizophrenic Jason Slocum, Sr., the latter who has for several years been institutionalized in a Maryland psychiatric facility. While Igby's economics-studying Columbia-attending older brother Ollie Slocum has embraced and aspires to continue their wealthy life, Igby has rebelled against it, considering his brother a fascist (although he could soften that label to Republican). Because of Jason's situation, Mimi has largely left the role of male role model for Ollie and Igby to their godfather, D.H. Banes. Igby's rebellion has led to him being kicked out of one prep school after another, the latest, a military academy, from which Igby escapes before he can graduate. As such, Mimi and D.H. arrange for Igby to live in New York with Ollie for the summer while working for D.H. renovating some of his ... Written by Huggo

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Insanity is relative


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Igby  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$306,705 (USA) (13 September 2002)


£332,721 (UK) (27 June 2003)

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Technical Specs


| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the movie, Igby wears a Griffindor's scarf. See more »


Rachel's position when she is lying in the bathtub in Russell's apartment. See more »


[first lines]
Igby: Why couldn't she have been a fucking smoker.
Oliver: 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.
Igby: A tolerance? She's taking her fucking afternoon nap.
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Spoofs Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) See more »


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Surprisingly good
11 October 2003 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I was very impressed by the movie and all the actors taking part in it. The story is very rich and allows the spectator to get emotionally involved in multiple ways. There is a good thing about a movie that finishes and leaves you with the feeling of wanting to know more about many of the characters in the movie. I particularly love all the unexpected moments, lines and situations in the movie without being exagerated or out of place. Excellent, for people who wants to see something different and still mainstream.

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