Igby Goes Down | 2002

Comedy, Romance
Meet Igby Slocumb. He's an angry, rebellious and sarcastic seventeen-year-old at war with the stifling world of "old money" privilege into which he was born. Igby's life and family seem one way on the surface, but he's ...more
Director: Burr Steers
Writers: Burr Steers
Awards: 2 Golden Globe nominations. Another 1 win & 2 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Igby Slocumb

Actor

... Sookie Sapperstein

Actor

... D H

Actor

... Russel

Actor

... Rachel

Actor

... Oliver Slocumb

Actor

... Jason Slocumb

Actor

... Mimi Slocumb

Actor

... Igby--Age 10

Actor

... Oliver--Age 13

Actor

... Lieutenant Smith

Actor

... Ida

Actor

Company

Production Company

Production Company

Helkon International Pictures

Financier

Mirage Enterprises

Production Company

Streamline Television & Film

Financier

Synopsis

Meet Igby Slocumb. He's an angry, rebellious and sarcastic seventeen-year-old at war with the stifling world of "old money" privilege into which he was born. Igby's life and family seem one way on the surface, but he's figuring out things are completely different underneath. His father, Jason, is away "recuperating from life" after a sad slide into schizophrenia. His mother, Mimi, is fierce, distant and self-absorbed, with a long term dependency on "little peppies" to get her through the day. And his older brother, Oliver, is a shark-like young Republican on the fast track to materialism at Columbia University. All in all, Igby figures there's a better life out there, and therefore, sets out to find it. After flunking out of yet another prep school, Igby is sent to a Midwest military academy, and from there, with his mother's pilfered credit card, he goes on the lam. His darkly comedic voyage eventually leads to New York, where he hides out at his godfather's weekend pied-a-terre. Avoiding his family, Igby falls in with a host of questionable characters, including his godfather's trophy girlfriend, her flamboyant pal Russel, and the terminally bored Sookie Sapperstein. In his quest to free himself from the oppressive dysfunction of his family, and in his search to figure out what he wants for himself, Igby's struggles veer from comic to tragic in an ultimately noble attempt to keep himself from "going down."

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