IGBY GOES DOWN
A poisonously funny and unstintingly furious gem that displays nimble footing around a familiarly rocky coming-of-age landscape. Kieran Culkin has the role of a young lifetime as Igby, a rich and disaffected youth with a mentally ill father (Bill Pullman), cold mother (Susan Sarandon), and materialistic brother (Ryan Phillippe). Writer-director Burr Steers marries script, style, cast, and design in exquisite, curdled harmony. Igby Goes Down only gets darker and sadder as it progresses, which is amazing since it remains both funny and horrifying right up to the end.