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At Theaters: 10/18/2002 On Video: 2/4/2003
Rated: R Length: hr. min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419902
Studio: United Artists Inc.
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Igby Slocumb, a rebellious and sarcastic seventeen-year-old boy, is at war with the stifling world of "old money" privilege he was born into. Happily flunking out of yet another prep school, Igby is sent off to a military academy in the dreaded Midwest. With the aid of his mother's pilfered credit card, he goes on the lam.
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Drama Comedy - This is a story about a very dysfunctional family and primarily one very troubled young man. It's a dark story with drug use and drinking. There's not a single main character in this movie that is likeable or that you care about and that never changes. It's a somewhat sad and depressing story.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Kieran Culkin
Claire Danes PRINCESS MONONOKE, BROKEDOWN PALACE, THE MOD SQUAD
Jeff Goldblum CATS & DOGS, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, HOLY MAN
Jared Harris B. MONKEY
Amanda Peet SAVING SILVERMAN, WHIPPED, ISN'T SHE GREAT
Ryan Phillippe ANTITRUST, WAY OF THE GUN, CRUEL INTENTIONS, 54
Bill Pullman TITAN A.E., BROKEDOWN PALACE, LAKE PLACID
Susan Sarandon RUGRATS IN PARIS, CRADLE WILL ROCK
Wri/Dir: Burr Steers
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PROFANITY: 40 F-words, 6 S-words, 1 GD. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: One somewhat graphic sex scene, some nudity in non-sexual scene.
VIOLENCE: Some slapping and guy hits young man repeatedly.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Lots of drug use, pill taking and alcohol.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: There's a dozen or so mildly funny scenes/comments.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Excellent "A poisonously funny and unstintingly furious gem that displays nimble footing around a familiarly rocky coming-of-age landscape.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "All of the actors have flair and presence, and affect a kind of neo-Wildean irony which does not prevent the film from dealing not only in comedy but also in genuine feeling.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "Finding inspiration in such films as Mike Nichols's THE GRADUATE (1967) and CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (1971), actor-turned-director Burr Steer's debut feature is a throwback to the kind of literate, melancholy coming-of-age dramas that once defined youthful male angst.''

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Igby Slocumb (Kieran Culkin), a rebellious and sarcastic seventeen-year-old boy, is at war with the stifling world of "old money" privilege he was born into. With a schizophrenic father (Bill Pullman), a self-absorbed, distant mother (Susan Sarandon), and a shark-like Young Republican big brother (Ryan Phillippe), Igby figures there must be a better life out there-and sets about finding it.

Happily flunking out of yet another prep school, Igby is sent off to a military academy in the dreaded Midwest. With the aid of his mother's pilfered credit card, he goes on the lam. His darkly comedic voyage eventually lands him in New York, where he hides out at his godfather's (Jeff Goldblum) weekend pied-a-terre. There he encounters a deviant cast of characters. including his godfather's trophy choreographer girlfriend (Amanda Peet) and the terminally bored Sookie Sapperstein (Claire Danes). In his quest to free himself from the oppressive dysfunction of his family, Igby's struggles veer from the comic to the tragic in an ultimately noble attempt to keep himself from "going down."

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