A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.

Director:

Burr Steers

Writer:

Burr Steers
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kieran Culkin ... Igby
Claire Danes ... Sookie
Jeff Goldblum ... D.H.
Jared Harris ... Russel
Amanda Peet ... Rachel
Ryan Phillippe ... Oliver
Bill Pullman ... Jason
Susan Sarandon ... Mimi Slocumb
Rory Culkin ... 10-Year-Old Igby
Peter Anthony Tambakis ... 13-Year-Old Oliver (as Peter Tambakis)
Bill Irwin ... Lt. Smith
Kathleen Gati ... Ida
Gannon Forrester ... Little Cadet
Celia Weston ... Bunny
Elizabeth Jagger Elizabeth Jagger ... Lisa Fiedler
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

When Claire Danes goes to smoke the joint that she has so carefully crafted Kieran comments, "You've come a long way, baby." This quote is a reference to the catch slogan for Virginia Slims women's cigarettes marketing campaign in the early 1970's. See more »

Goofs

Oliver's drink when he is in Sookie's Mother's apartment. 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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Connections

References Tadpole (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Panic
(1998)
Written by Guy Berryman (as G. Berryman), Jon Buckland (as J. Buckland), Will Champion (as W. Champion) and Chris Martin (as C. Martin)
Performed by Coldplay
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Quirky, Darkly Funny Coming Of Age Story With An Amazing Cast
11 February 2018 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

Igby caught me by surprise; I hadn't heard much of the film before seeing it and rented it on a hunch. What a beautiful, weird, sad, funny coming-of-age story and what a cast. The performances throughout are amazing. I absolutely adore this film. 8 stars out of 10

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Igby Goes Down See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$306,705, 15 September 2002

Gross USA:

$4,777,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,919,198
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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