Ghost World

2001, Comedy/Drama, 1h 51m

161 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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With acerbic wit, Terry Zwigoff fashions Daniel Clowes' graphic novel into an intelligent, comedic trip through deadpan teen angst. Read critic reviews

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The story of neo-cool Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) who, faced with graduation from high school, take a hard look at the world they wryly observe and decide what they really want. When Enid takes an interest in the offbeat Seymour (Steve Buscemi) and Rebecca focuses her attention on their mutual romantic fixation Josh (Brad Renfro), the girls' friendship is forever changed.

Cast & Crew

Honorine Bell
Graduation Speaker
Ashley Peldon
Margaret - Art Class
Marc Vann
Jerome, the Angry Guy - Record Collector
David Cross
Gerrold, the Pushy Guy - Record Collector
Dylan Jones
Red-Haired Girl - Blues Club
Charles Schneider
Joey McCobb, the Stand Up Comic
Sid Hillman
Zine-O-Phobia Creep
Teri Garr
Maxine (uncredited)
Pippa Cross
Executive Producer
Janette Day
Executive Producer
Affonso Beato
Cinematographer
Barbara A. Hall
Line Producer
Mary Zophres
Costume Design
Edward T. McAvoy
Production Design
David Kitay
Original Music
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  • Feb 17, 2014
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  • Jun 24, 2013
    Based on a cult comic book, Ghost World is a dark comedy with a unique outlook. The film follows two cynical high school graduates whose friendship is tested when one of them becomes fascinated by a peculiar record collector. Starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buscemi, the cast is quite good and gives some interesting performances. Additionally, the writing is rather witty and has some clever bits of social satire. However, the storytelling is poor, and seems as lost and unfocused as the main characters. Ghost World is a smart and entertaining film, but it doesn't come together that well.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2013
    The way this film ends is what I like most about it. And I say this not to put down the rest of it, but the powerful image and idea of simply disappearing really packs an inherent punch. I suppose that would be how the film's title creates a rather analogous feel between the world, people, and how things are never quite what they seem to be. And of course, people just fade away in one way or another. That sounds really depressing, but it doesn't have to be if we're living in the moment and appreciate what we have, not what we don't. This is something the two main characters Enid(Thora Birch) and Becky(Scarlett Johansson) do not understand due to their age and the feeling that they have to get out of where they've been after they graduate from high school. Sure this would be natural, but their priorities and outlooks are clouded raising the question of who they are and where they belong. Steve Buscemi portrays a memorable withdrawn character named Seymour who the girls meet as he's selling old records at a yard/garage sale. Things for him are somewhat bleak as a record collector with a dull job and a girlfriend that keeps him in a rut that he desperately needs to get out of. When he develops a "relationship" with Enid, he begins to realize how things for him do indeed need to change. But in a "Ghost World", perhaps ideas and plans just like to haunt those who can't seem to function in the light of day. Yet, there is a light side to this film with some cheap laughs which are always of value.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2012
    Ghost World is one of those movies that most likely wouldn't be made today, a story that rides in on the last fumes of the disaffected youth syndrome of the 1990s. There's little joy on the screen. In its place, a group of characters we're expected to identify with for no good reason. Maybe 11 years ago Ghost World rang true. In 2012, it's a relic of how things used to be. Self consciously indie may be the best way to describe the film.
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