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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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13-Year-Old Oliver (as Peter Tambakis)
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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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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£86,581 (UK) (13 June 2003)

Gross:

£332,721 (UK) (27 June 2003)
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Kieran Culkin was actually drinking white grape juice at the Hampton's party. See more »

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While talking to Igby in a cafe, the amount of white wine in Mimi's glass fluctuates. 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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The dramatic Sleeper of the year- Grade: A
21 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Igby Goes Down has remnants of Catcher in the Rye, but I don't think that it is precisely in relation to the novel. First off, while the main character Igby looks on the world with a spiteful, scathing perspective, there are character elements, with him and with the supporting cast, that don't match. Still, this is not a deterrent to the picture; Kieran Culkin gives a breakout/breakthrough performance as the troubled youth, who has problems with his boarding schools, and his parents (Bill Pullman and Susan Sarandon).

The film has an astute, sarcastic sense of humor that is so subtle that if it doesn't get you to always belly laugh it puts you in a little awe. Deep down it's a view on the rich, bleak, befuddled lifestyles of not just Igby but of others, and also a compelling character study that doesn't cheat from first frame to last. Writer/director Steers has created a provocative serio-comedy that gets a great boost from supporting roles from Sarandon (although she's played many mothers before), Pullman, Goldblum, Phillipe, and Claire Danes in a choice pick.


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