An unofficial adaptation of "The Catcher in the Rye," the weaknesses of that novel are in full display here (primarily being angsty and self-indulgent.) Nevertheless, fabulous performances and a plot that keeps clipping along make this a favorite despite the flaws - definitely worth a watch.
A strong cast, interesting characters, but a plot that suffers from a generally cheap trajectory. Certainly enjoyed aspects of it, but the melodrama peaks in a couple of places and it comes close to forcing the viewer to ask why should I care?
I feel like giving this film three stars is generous because parts of it are really weak. I would not blame any of the weaknesses on the actors though, I am pointing at the direction. Culkin, Goldblum and Claire Danes give really nice performances.
It played better in my memory from eight years ago than it did upon a recent viewing, which probably had a lot to do with my age and wonderment at the time.
My only problem with this film is the character of Igby, you're supposed to feel some sort of sympathy for him but I just end up hating the guy, because of his actions. Kieran Culkin though is fantastic as is the rest of the cast, that scene between Igby and Dane's character when Igby is banging on her door was pretty well. Nice job by Steers.