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Igby Goes Down

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Kieran Culkin, Ryan Phillippe, ...
Igby Goes Down: Myles Aronowitz

Igby Goes Down

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
97 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/13/02
performer:
Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Jared Harris, Amanda Peet, Ryan Phillippe, Bill Pullman, Susan Sarandon
director:
Burr Steers
distributor:
United Artists (MGM)
author:
Burr Steers
genre:
Comedy

We gave it an A

Macaulay’s 19-year-old brother finally makes his own version of ”Home Alone” — a dark comedy about a financially privileged, emotionally wrecked Manhattan family. Culkin (”The Cider House Rules”) plays a teenager dealing with a batty, dying mother (Sarandon), a snotty older brother (Phillippe), and a weirdo of a godfather (Goldblum). At least he’s got a sweetheart of a girlfriend (Danes).

The writing and directing debut for Steers (who appeared in ”The Last Days of Disco”), ”Igby” was inspired in part by his own New York childhood. ”It’s about a kid who’s rebelling against an oppressive, stifling, old-money world that he’s been born into,” he says. As for finding the perfect lead, Steers — who was on the verge of losing financing after another actor dropped out — remembers that ”I hadn’t slept for basically a year and a half, and I walked in and Kieran said, ?You look like s—.’ I thought, This is the kid.”