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Igby Goes Down Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Peet, Bill Pullman

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Igby Slocumb is a rich 17-year-old who's got a lot of problems. His mother is a pill-popping control freak, his father is schizophrenic, his brother is a manipulative jerk, he's having an affair with his uncle's girlfriend, not to mention that his brother is trying to steal his "girlfriend" and he has a general problem with authority. He moves into the studio his uncle rents for his girlfriend secretly while his family and personal life take a turn for the worst.
The review of this Movie prepared by Colleen



Igby Slocumb (Culkin), 17, has been thrown out of just about every elite private school on the East Coast. Aside from his hatred of school, Igby is trying to deal with his feelings about his father Jason, who's locked away in a mental asylum (Pullman, in a small but powerful role), and his hatred for his mother Mimi (Sarandon, marvelously irritating), a domineering bitch having an affair with his godfather D.H. (Goldblum, terrifically smarmy), who incidentally is married and has other chippies on the side, and for his older brother Oliver, a Conservative Republican A-student at Columbia (nicely underplayed by Ryan Phillippe). Igby manages to ditch the military academy his family dumps him in and becomes Holden Caulfield loose in Manhattan, where he hooks up with some Warhol-group style characters: Rachel, the gorgeous but razor thin heroin addict (Peet) who sleeps with D.H. in lieu of paying rent on her artist's loft, and her smack-dealing boyfriend Russel (Jared Harris). Luckily, a luscious and wry Bennington dropout named Sookie (Danes) takes a shine to our hero. Maybe these people are privileged snivelers and not terribly likable when you come down to it, but the dialogue is fast, witty, and crackling -- the film is like "The Royal Tenenbaums" with a more bitter edge to it -- and the acting extremely delightful.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   committing crimes    -   boozing    -   fighting with parents Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Mother Parent(s) gone?    -   Dada gone Age group    -   trouble in high school Sexing?    -   first sexual experience    -   girl chasing

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dirty, grimy (like New York) Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   school    -   mental hospital

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language

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