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Igby Goes Down (2002)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  1 May 2003 (Austria)
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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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Storyline

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. Written by Dan Bloggs

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Insanity is relative

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

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1 May 2003 (Austria)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£86,581 (UK) (13 June 2003)

Gross:

£332,721 (UK) (27 June 2003)
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| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/director Burr Steers originally intended to make this a novel, not a movie. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Oliver comes into the loft and finds Igby and Sookie sleeping side by side, Sookie sits up slightly and the camera makes a quick cut to Oliver. The camera quickly cuts back to Sookie and Igby, and Sookie's head is back on the pillow again (as in the first shot) and then she sits up again. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Igby Goes Down: In Search of Igby (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Golddigger
(2000)
Written by Geri Soriano-Lightwood (as G. Soriano-Lightwood), Ramin Sakurai (as R. Sakurai),
Kiran Shahani (as K. Shahani), Rick Torres (as R. Torres), H. Adamson and D. Gasparre
Performed by Supreme Beings of Leisure
Courtesy of Palm
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Smart movie with good performances
16 June 2003 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

There's no question aspects of this are quite brutal. But the theme of the story dictates they would be so.

Igby Goes Down is about a kid in nowhere's land. He doesn't know where he's going in life and responds to this by being a rebel in everything. Add to this his parental instability with a schizophrenic father and a tyrannical mother and you can understand why he'd be a little mixed up.

In many ways it is a coming of age story, but in others it is too dark to be that. Indeed there is an ambivalence of themes with hope and despair featured in equal measure.

As Igby, Kieran Culkin excels. He's outstanding, the best thing in the movie

  • which given the quality of his peers, such as a sinister and agenda-ridden
Jeff Goldblum, a monstrous and hierarchial Susan Sarandon, a confused and tortured Bill Pullman and a squeaky clean upstart in Ryan Phillippe, is no mean feat at all.

Performances are uniformly excellent, the story involving, and the themes well explored.

Well done all round.


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