Parents' Guide to

Igby Goes Down

By Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Dark, depressing story that's for adults only.

Movie R 2002 98 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Pretty good!

Well done film! but some sexy stuff and drugs. Fantastic film!
age 16+

Very cliche, very depressing, and very bad.

This film is a wannabe "Requiem for a Dream" that gets by on shock humor and cliches. The acting and screenplay are bad, and the film was so depressing that I couldn't even do anything but think about it after the fact. Definitely not for kids, and definitely not worth anyone's time.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Igby Goes Down is a perfect vehicle for the depressed Generation Y teen. Only Kids can make this film seem like an upper. Full of trauma at the hands of deceitful and abusive adults, the film constructs the adolescent as almost helpless to the whims of those in power. The film lacks wholly redeemable characters. Even our hero -- stoned, escapist, and self-centered -- fails to come off as very likable.

However, this film has an engaging narrative and interesting (if not very nice) characters. The music of bands such as Coldplay and the Dandy Warhols underscores the edgy teen angst. Nominated for the Golden Globe, Culkin (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) does a fine star turn as the troubled Igby and proves to be more than just a footnote in the Culkin brood.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 1, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: February 4, 2003
  • Cast: Claire Danes , Kieran Culkin , Susan Sarandon
  • Director: Burr Steers
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Bisexual actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language, sexuality, and drug content
  • Last updated: September 12, 2023

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