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Igby Goes Down (2002)

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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4 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,681,503 (USA) (13 December 2002)
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Is loosely based on J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye". See more »

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When Sookie meets Igby in the street and invites him to the park, it's very overcast and looks like it's starting to snow. When they're in the park in the next scene, it's much brighter, almost sunny, and there's no snow. See more »

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[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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References Tadpole (2000) See more »

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Everybody's Stalking
(2000)
Written by Badly Drawn Boy (as D.M. Gough)
Performed by Badly Drawn Boy (as Badly Drawn Boy)
Licensed courtesy of XL Recordings Limited
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Pretty awful
10 March 2008 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

The acting, direction and music are very good. But the writing sinks the ship. There's no cause and effect for any of the characters' actions and there are many incredibly implausible situations. It tries so hard to be quirky, cute, poignant and trendy, but there's no substance.

Why would two attractive twenty-something women immediately hop in the sack with a scrawny, whiny seventeen-year-old boy who has nothing to offer. It runs contrary to my experience. I didn't find a single thing he said to be in the least bit witty. And his constant swearing, no matter the company he's in, would probably get his skull cracked in the real world at some point. But here, no one even mentions it. I guess we're supposed to be shocked and amused that everyone is so blasé about it.

All the characters are despicable, especially Igby. Jokes were inserted that had no set up and things happened that had no connection to the story. And there were so many implausible situations it became tiresome. For example, the bit with Mimi sitting on the maid's head. Why? She was having a bad day, so she beat up the maid? It's not funny because it makes no sense. We don't even know the maid. Since there's no set-up, there's no payoff. Also, when Igby is in bed with Sookie, he's says that military school made everything clear to him. She asks, "like what," and he says, "the fight." Then there's a flashback to his father's breakdown in the bathroom - no fight. When Sookie and Igby are in the park, why do the field hockey girls swear like troopers? How does this move the story along? Is it supposed to be funny?

Another preposterous situation is when when he asks Sookie if she's a vegetarian based on the way she roles a joint. Come on. This film had a few nice scenes but I found it hard to swallow that so many people in it thought that Igby was witty and charming. If he was, the film would have worked a lot better, but as it is he's arrogant and dimmed-witted

  • but in a trendy way.



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