Year of Release: 2001
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Approx. Running Time: 111 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"Holy masterpiece! The Best American film I've seen this year!"
-Jeffrey Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
Thora Birch (American Beauty) and Scarlett Johansson (The Man Who Wasn't There) "sneak into your heart and stay there" (Rolling Stone) in this "eerie, masterful movie" (Movieline) from the acclaimed director of Crumb. Co-starring Brad Renfro (Deuces Wild), Illeana Douglas (Stir of Echoes) and Steve Buscemi (Fargo) in "the best role of his career" (Movieline), Ghost World is a "smartly strange comedy [that] stands out like the Taj Mahal" (Time)!
While their classmates head for college, Enid (Birch) and Rebecca (Johansson) focus their energies on tormenting those around them - from a goofy convenience store clerk (Renfro) to an eccentric art teacher (Douglas). But when they zero in on an oddball loner (Buscemi) looking for Miss Right, their seemingly innocent meddling threatens to shatter one of their hearts...not to mention their lifelong friendship.
Although this is based on a comic book of the same name, Ghost World is more drama than anything. It does an excellent job of protraying the feeling of waywardness and confusion that comes in that period between high school and the rest of your life.
And to keep things light, there's a fun parade of oddballs, weirdos and freaks that the main characters encounter throughout the film - and the characters are a bit odd themselves. "These are our people!"
Rated R (MPAA)