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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.
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.
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
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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Review Excellent "A poisonously funny and unstintingly furious gem that
displays nimble footing around a familiarly rocky coming-of-age landscape.''
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.''
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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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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
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