Igby Goes Down

Synopsis: Seventeen year old Jason Slocumb, Jr. - Igby to most that know him - comes from east coast old money, the second son of self-absorbed and controlling Mimi Slocumb and medically-diagnosed schizophrenic Jason Slocum, Sr., the latter who has for several years been institutionalized in a Maryland psychiatric facility. While Igby's economics-studying Columbia-attending older brother Ollie Slocum has embraced and aspires to continue their wealthy life, Igby has rebelled against it, considering his brother a fascist (although he could soften that label to Republican). Because of Jason's situation, Mimi has largely left the role of male role model for Ollie and Igby to their godfather, D.H. Banes. Igby's rebellion has led to him being kicked out of one prep school after another, the latest, a military academy, from which Igby escapes before he can graduate. As such, Mimi and D.H. arrange for Igby to live in New York with Ollie for the summer while working for D.H. renovating some of his proper
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Burr Steers
Production: United Artists Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Why couldn't she have been

a f***ing smoker?

This has nothing to do with

her being in such wonderful shape.

The cause of our trouble

was our inability to come up with a drug...

...short of paint thinner, that would be

at least somewhat novel to her system.

She's built up a tolerance to everything.

A tolerance?

She's taking her f***ing afternoon nap.

Shut up, lgby!

We're fine.

It's all the f***ing tennis.

It's almost 6:


They'll do it, I don't know what it is,

but I know they'll do it,

- Let's all drink to Bay State...

- Let's drink to Julia, Have you met her yet?

If she's anything like her sister,,,,

We'll drink to Johnny and Julia and Bay

State Power and love and happiness and,,,,

Here you are,

For the love of Pete,

it's the Witch and Dopey,

I've never been up here before,

It's awfully quaint, isn't it?

We like it,

Dad, when are you going back to work?


- You're not really sick anymore.

- No.

Not really sick.

But not completely well.

Not yet, I don't think.

- When will you be better?

- In the spring.

- The spring?

- I'm no good in the winter.

These gray days...

...they're so sad.

What about next winter?

Jason, tell me, dearest,

are you planning on bathing this week?

I beg your pardon?

It seems to have slipped

your mind last week.

- But I'm not dirty.

- No...

...dirty, I mean, you've done nothing that'd

make you dirty for quite some time now.

But you do reek, darling,

of tobacco, from your...

...yellow toenails to your yellow fingernails

to your yellow teeth...

...to your yellow hair.

Sorry to have offended.


A piece of gristle.

Not on an empty stomach, dear.

Excuse me.

Boys, your mother was quite right

to have chastised me,

Good personal hygiene...

...is one of the most essential disciplines

a man can have...

...in this world.


Don't indulge him anymore,

How can anyone be afraid of a clown?

Just leave him,

C'mon, old man,

This is no way to be on your birthday,

Everybody's gone home.

There's nobody left downstairs.

It's just you and me, now.


It's just you and me, old man.

If Heaven is such a wonderful place,,,

...then how was getting crucified

such a big f***ing sacrifice?

Mrs. Slocumb,

it's wonderful to see you again.

I hope you drove.

No more beautiful place on God's earth...

...than Connecticut at Christmas time.

- Oliver drove me down from the city.

- Please.

Congratulations on Oliver.

I hear he's already established himself...

...as the cream of

the Columbia freshman crop.

We do take a lot of pride

in seeing our boys succeed.

But of course, we're here to discuss...


Honor roll? You flunked everything.

Not even a 'D' in art this time.

- Did you enjoy making me look like a fool?

- I dunno.

You don't know?

Poor Mrs. Slocumb doesn't have a clue

what old lgby is up to.

- Dithering, foolish lady. Did you enjoy that?

- I dunno.

- I beg your pardon?

- No!

Then what are you? A pathological liar?

I don't know.

You don't know? Liar! You little liar!

How dare you! And where were you when

your brother was flunking out of school?

I was in college.

Igby is not my fault.

Did you even, for a second...

...think about how this reflects upon me?


I am not going to go through this again.

You had a chance. You flunked everything.

That's almost impressive. It really is.

You know what's going to

happen to you now, mister?

Do you know where your sterling

performance is going to take you now...

...little man?


- Cadet report!

- Oh, sh*t!

Second watch is early.

Lights out!

In your bunks!

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Burr Steers

Burr Gore Steers (born October 8, 1965) is an American actor, screenwriter, and director; notable films include Igby Goes Down (2002) and 17 Again (2009). He is also the nephew of writer Gore Vidal. more…

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