More like Igby Goes to Town, specifically New York City, in order to escape the umpteenth school (Catholic school, military school, etc.) that his affluent, though negligent mother, has released him to. Trouble is implied simply by his being, but falls along the lines of sleeping with his godfather’s mistress and reeling in a college-aged catch of his own. (Never mind that he’s a slacker teen with few redeeming qualities other than a glib mouth.)Along with those gross stretches is the exaggeration of nearly everything else; distortion of reality is what governs writer/director Burr Steers’ premiere effort.
And those lack of traces to the real world, down to the pithy, ice-skatingly slick verbal exchanges, the boundless diversity of the characters (and the actors, who all start and end on different pages, both in terms of capability and show-order) adds another unbalance to the already heterogeneous mix.
If you took away the eccentricity and worldliness from The Royal Tenenbaums, this is what you’d be left with.
With Kieran Culkin, Jeff Goldblum, Amanda Peet, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Ryan Phillippe.[Not to be bothered with.]