With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
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
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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.
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IGBY GOES DOWN is another entry in the "oh-so-witty-screwed-up-teen" genre. Every character is ingrained with so many quirks and clever asides that it is difficult to take any of them seriously. The only ones that escape from this mess intact are Susan Sarandon (who has been spreading herself rather thin) and Jeff Goldblum (former Mr. Blockbuster, who now toils in films like CATS & DOGS). These two actors represent the only above average aspects of IGBY GOES DOWN. The other actors range from serviceable (Danes, Peet) to bad, i.e. Kieran Culkin. (It's well time that the film industry cashes out of the Culkin family, they made money, great, move on and remember the good times.) Kieran Culkin simply cannot carry this film, even though it is light-weight fare, and does not require much from any of the actors.
The plot follows the exploits of Igby, a spoiled recalcitrant brat, who upset with his life escapes to New York. There amongst carefully chosen colorful locales he becomes embroiled in the lives of his uncle, his uncle's coked-out mistress, the cartoonish drag queen she lives with, etc... He falls in love and deals drugs, hates his mother, blah, blah. All this set to a trendy soundscape of top-forty pop songs and a score that desperately wants to have been composed by Thomas Newman. Oh yeah, Igby also has a painful past involving his mentally-ill father (Bill Pullman), which by the revelation in the third act, gains little ground in explaining why Igby is an ***hole.
I simply do not understand the praise this film has received. Other than being slap-handedly amateurish in its handling of the material, it is for the most part poorly acted. The sloppy sentiment that crops up whenever the film decides to care about what is going on, doesn't help either. The most complex thing about Igby is the dialogue he spouts, but it sounds written, rehearsed. Quirky does not equal good--Igby reminds me of an ornate marsh reed...yes, on the outside it may seem interesting, but on further inspection it is simply hollow. 1/10.
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