is an experience far more tame and mainstream than it pretends to be. We start the movie amused by Igby's rough edges and quirks but are then asked to sympathize with his softer side. Its surprises, its honesty, and its shrewd humor get lost somewhere alo
so many of the characters are so soulless, making it difficult to see past their sarcastic, brash exteriors... So when all the iciness melts away, the sentimentality which replaces it seems unconvincingly pat.
You get the impression that writer and director Burr Steers knows the territory ... but his sense of humor has yet to lose the smug self-satisfaction usually associated with the better private schools.