Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for one of the Golden Age of American Indies’ most fantastic casts. Greg sez: “Written and directed by Gore Vidal’s nephew Burr Steers (no real reason to mention, other than it just seems like a cool thing to know.) Igby (Kieran Culkin) has been kicked out of every prep school on the East Coast, his wealthy checked-out mother (the divine Susan Sarandon) hates him, his stuffy yuppie brother (Ryan Phillippe) thinks he’s useless, his dad (Bill Pullman) is in a mental hospital. Igby is a super mess of a kid, but also painfully honest and pretty bright. The world is too much for him. Culkin is hilarious as the put-upon protag, and Philippe brings it as the emotionally unavailable older lout. Drug deals, ODs, compulsive lying, teen sex — this picture shines a more revealing light on the whole coming-of-age teen picture thing. Clever and morbid, utterly worthwhile.”
Dir. Burr Steers, 2002, 35mm, 98 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Benson Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “Igby Goes Down”!