Rating: R for language, nudity, drug use
Run Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes
With an eclectic cast and quasi-clever scripting at his fingertips, writer/director Burr Steers takes hold of offbeat comedy/drama, emphasizing the Q in Quirky with mixed results.
Slocumb, Jr., aka Igby (Kieran Culkin), is a contemporary Holden Caulfield. Imbued with a sense of entitlement and a
wicked wit, Igby nonetheless rebels against his privileged
way, Igby falls in with an assortment of dubious eccentrics, including his
godfather’s trophy girlfriend (Amanda Peet), a terminally hip
“Igby” has all the makings of a delectable black comedy, but the laughs render it unexpectedly flat. In the hands of the very talented Culkin (younger brother of you-know-who), the somber moments are injected with an emotional verve and heartbreaking sadness. Privilege isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when familial love and support are all but nonexistent.
impressive, A-list ensemble includes popular ingénues, no-nonsense stars, and high-profile
character players. The narrative virtually ebbs and flows on a tide of individual
performances. Goldblum, Sarandon and