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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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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Did You Know?


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


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 »


[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 After Hours (1985) See more »


Broken Up a Ding Dong
Written by Steve Mason (as S. Mason), Richard Greentree (as R. Greentree),
John Maclean (as J. MacLean) and Robin Johnson (as R. Jones)
Performed by The Beta Band
Courtesy of EMI Records UK/Virgin Records America Inc.
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Sarcastic and vitriolic
14 September 2003 | by (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I had to drive to effin Antwerp, Belgium to see this movie, because it was taken out of Dutch cinemas after running just for one week. And that is something that I don't understand, or maybe I do, because this is not the typical Hollywood feel-good movie. The story could have been based on a early nineties novel by Jay McInerney or Bret Easton Ellis, but it is an original screenplay by writer and director Burr Steers. The mood is very dark, the acting is top shelf and the oneliners are sharp as razorblades. Kieran Culkin and Ryan Philippe are perfectly (type)casted and the choice of music is plain wonderful. The scene where Igby runs off through Central Park accompanied by Coldplay's Don't Panic is close to perfection. I enjoyed this movie very much and I think it paints a very accurate picture of the lives of spoiled, rich kids. Go see it!

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