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Igby Goes Down Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Gets weirder and meaner and darker and sadder as it progresses, which is amazing since it simultaneously remains funny and horrifying right up to the end.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Igby has his own prickly charisma and bleak humor; he's a character you'd like very much to embrace. But he's surrounded by insufferable fools in the airless Manhattan universe of a film that's as offputtingly precocious as its preppy hero.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Think of the Slocumbs as distant relatives of "The Royal Tenenbaums," only more dysfunctional and far from attractively "quirky."

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    An inspired example of the story in which the adolescent hero discovers that the world sucks, people are phonies, and sex is a consolation. Because the genre is well established, what makes the movie fresh is smart writing, skewed characters, and the title performance by Kieran Culkin.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Dark, depressing story that's for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that they should think twice about letting young teens watch this film. The hero suffers much emotional and physical abuse at the hands of authority figures. The film features teens and adults abusing alcohol, as well as illegal and prescription drugs. It also includes semi-graphic scenes of teenage sex and extramarital affairs. The characters use profane language freely. The film starts and ends with the assisted suicide of a character.

  • Families can talk about the parent-child relationship in their own family unit. How do you match up against Igby's parents? Does your child identify with Igby? They may also want to use this opportunity to talk to their kids about drugs and feelings of isolation.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: This film is almost wholly lacking redeemable characters. Everyone lies, cheats, disappoints, and abuses substances. Care/concern for others is wholly linked to a greater concern for oneself.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Physical and mental abuse suffered by the main character at the hands of various sources (parents, brother, teachers, therapists), assisted suicide.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Extramarital affairs, teenage sex, some mild nudity.

  • language false5

    Language: Much cursing by many of the characters, especially by the teenage hero.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The film includes pill popping, drinking, and pot smoking on the part of the main character, his friends, and his family. Substances are both the source and solution for problems. Characters show pride in wrapping the perfect joint. A main character suffers a heroin overdose, and the hero is paid to deliver drugs.