Igby Goes Down (2002)

Another film exposing dysfunction in America. Again, it's about a boy with wacko parents.

Igby's New England family is wealthy and life's opportunities seem countless. As a young boy, there is promise and idealism at his fingertips. When his parents fall apart, he begins to wrestle against every form of authority out there spiraling into perilous territory. It becomes apparent that he doesn't even know why he makes the choices he makes except that he hopes to draw a reaction from his mother.

Kieran Culkin shows us an angry, hurt, dangerous, brilliant, and lost young man. The supporting cast is adequate, but don't give Culkin much competition for each scene. The film wanes for a time before the emotional climax.

The writing has its moments as Igby has a sharp tongue, but pacing becomes an issue at times. Some of the themes are overdone in their explanation, but they aren't flogged. An overall powerful film in its genre.

Truth: Without the unconditional love and example of parents, our lives become devoid of meaning. Love is a learned emotion.

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