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Igby Goes Down (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  4 October 2002 (USA)
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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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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

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

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£332,721 (UK) (27 June 2003)
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The character of Rachel is based on Edie Sedgwick. See more »

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When Ollie leaves Igby, Igby says "Say hello to Sookie for me" on the soundtrack, but his mouth is saying something else. 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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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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The Weight
(1968)
Written by Robbie Robertson (as R. Robertson)
Performed by Travis
Travis appear courtesy of Independiente/SINE
a division of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
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Weird and Wonderful!
5 January 2005 | by (Johannesburg, South Africa) – See all my reviews

Kieran Culkin astounds in "Igby goes down". While the supporting cast (Jeff Goldblum, Susan Sarandon, Ryan Phillipe and Claire Danes) are predictably good, he turns in an electrifying performance. The script is simply superb and the backdrop of New York is wonderful. The master stroke is the use of Rory Culkin as a younger Igby which lends an authentic air of continuity. The only disappointment is Amanda Peet who, as usual, overacts and hams it up as the highly-strung on/off girlfriend. Jeff Goldblum is surprisingly sexy in a role which he seems very comfortable with while Bill Pullman is surprisingly weighty in a minor yet key role which he pulls off extremely well.


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