Macaulay Culkin never had it so bad in ”Home Alone”: In Igby Goes Down, his little brother Kieran plays a Manhattan brat who gets stuck with a hateful, terminally ill mother (Susan Sarandon) and a schizophrenic father (Bill Pullman). First-time writer-director Burr Steers’ acidulous satire doesn’t go down easily, but a remarkable ensemble that also includes Ryan Phillippe as Igby’s sociopathic brother redeems the movie, if not the characters. And Steers’ mordantly quippy dialogue proves you can’t spell ”dysfunctional” without ”f-u-n.”
Genre: Comedy; Starring: Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Jared Harris, Amanda Peet, Ryan Phillippe, Bill Pullman, Susan Sarandon; Director: Burr Steers; Author: Burr Steers; Runtime (in minutes): 97; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)
Posted February 7 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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