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Ghost World (2001)

Steve Buscemi , Thora Birch , Terry Zwigoff  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (374 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro, Illeana Douglas
  • Directors: Terry Zwigoff
  • Writers: Terry Zwigoff, Daniel Clowes
  • Producers: Barbara A. Hall, Janette Day, John Malkovich, Jonathan Weisgal, Lianne Halfon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (374 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005T30L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost World" on IMDb

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Thora Birch (American Beauty) and Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation) "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 Echos) 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.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film I can relate to June 1, 2002
The so-called "teen movies" offered in recent years have been of a dull and empty variation. The basic formula usually includes the geek who gets the girl/guy, the nasty popular kids, the jocks, the unlikely couple and more uses of the word "like" than any normal person is able to tolerate. What a rare treat it is that in the middle of the season usually full of teen movie trash that we had "Ghost World", a film that remembers that not everybody fits into easily accessible categories (adults and teens alike).
Thora Birch is Enid, a high school grad unsure of what to do with the rest of her life. She thinks she will rent an apartment with her best friend Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), but with no job and summer school (for flunking art), nothing is certain. In a similar spot is Seymour (Steve Buschemi), a record collector who can't see any real meaning to his actions. Enid and Rebecca play a seemingly harmless prank on him after seeing a classified ad he put in the paper. Quite to the surprise of the duo, this little stunt really hurts Seymour. Guilty, Enid feels obligated to hook him up with the girl he was looking for in the ad.
What is remarkable about "Ghost World" is not that it is more entertaining than your average teen entertainment. No, what strikes me about "Ghost World" is how astutely it remembers the feeling of displacement that plagues so many teens. Enid doesn't seem to have many friends who respect her, and as cynical as she may get, human contact is the obvious ingredient missing in her life, even though she is constantly pushing it away. Rebecca urges her to get a job, so she gets a job working at a concession stand in a multiplex. That same day, she's fired for too many wise remarks about the theater and it's customers.
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94 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1% Club August 6, 2001
This movie has two potential audiences.
1. Seymour�s 99%, i.e., that segment of the population which he (or I) can�t relate to at all. People lacking any modicum of self-awareness, whose lives are spent in the mall or in front of the TV watching prime time network television. People whose record collection may include the complete works of Ashford & Simpson, and whose car radio is tuned to any cloying morning Zoo program. People in this group may enjoy �Ghost World� to a degree. They will find Enid�s green hair and Rebecca�s cynical attitude amusing. They will laugh at Seymour�s bland wardrobe and jagged brown teeth. And when the movie�s over, they will leave the theatre quietly, walk to their SUVs, and head home to their quiet suburban existence.
But really, this movie is not for them.
2. It�s really for Seymour�s 1%, i.e., that segment of the population distressed by conformity, obsessed by weirdness, and repressed because of it. These are the people who surround themselves with massive record collections, or H.R. Pufnstuf dolls, or Bollywood videos, in an effort to beat a different path. They are lonely, frustrated, and on the verge of giving up any hope at a social life, in favour of a hermetic existence. These are the people that will be able to relate to �Ghost World�s startling menagerie of misfits. And feel tremendous sadness for themselves as well.
Terry Zwigoff mines much of the same material here that he did with his documentary �Crumb�, save for the emphasis on ill mental health. It�s an amazing turn for a man previously known only as a documentarian. I suppose that�s why the reality of the characters� surrounding is so real. Each scene is populated with mile and miles of personable knick-knacks and bland consumer products.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accentuate the positive April 20, 2002
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Terry Zwigoff's "Ghost World" is that rarest of hybrids -- a human comedy, brilliantly and bizarrely funny, but suffused with a profound sense of melancholia. The experience of watching it is deliriously pleasurable, but the humor emerges from the film's unfailingly generous reservoir of empathy; by the end, you're not sure whether to respond to these characters with laughter or with love. It is quite clear that Zwigoff feels both.
And that's what critics of this fine film have overlooked -- that although 17-year-old Enid (Thora Birch) looks at the world with bitter, unremittingly sarcastic eyes, "Ghost World" couldn't be less cynical or judgmental if it tried. Of all the characters on display, most of whom Enid despises and ridicules, there isn't a single one who isn't really good at heart; even the art teacher (a ridiculously funny Illeana Douglas), who has been derided as a one-dimensional caricature, has an untouchable core of decency.
Indeed, the character for whom "Ghost World" retains the harshest criticism is Enid herself. As much as we adore her terrifying intelligence, her single-mindedly retro fashion sense, and her contempt for all things phony and pretentious, we aren't allowed to forget her self-destructive habits or her unwillingness to grow up even as the world around her charges resolutely forward. Her best friend, Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), once her partner in crime, has taken on a normalcy and sense of perspective that Enid finds tiresome, which is partly why she takes refuge in a lonely middle-aged bachelor named Seymour (Steve Buscemi, in a shoulda-been-Oscar-nominated performance). Their bond is at once improbable and emotionally convincing, and Zwigoff harmonizes Birch's and Buscemi's own highly idiosyncratic styles into a marvelous, unforced chemistry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This Movie Is A good Movie. It Has A Lot Of Good Music and Fashion. Some Of The Points The Movie Made Were A Little Trite, But All In All I Love Thora Birch Is Perfect. Read more
Published 6 days ago by mia
3.0 out of 5 stars How cute is a young ScarJo???
It's a little slow, but the acting was good. The ending was the only thought-provoking part of the movie. Read more
Published 26 days ago by R. Adler
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better 10 years on
Enjoyed it when it came out. Loved it once again. What a great cast, story, and screenplay. Highly recommended. MJ
Published 1 month ago by Mark Jespersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Johansson is GREAT!
I love her. A great film with insight and a perspective that few can transmit. I recommend this film to anyone with a heart.
Published 1 month ago by Adam
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Scarlett, et al.
Birch, Johansen and Buscemi in a near perfect little movie. Quirky, smart, and really enjoyable to watch these actors perform more than a decade ago. Great coming of age film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars must see
this is a very fun movie thora birch is brilliant i think her talent is very underated. everybody should see this at least once
Published 3 months ago by miranda
2.0 out of 5 stars Not For Me at All. Pretentious, annoying and disturbing
So, I read the graphic novel as part of a Comics & Graphic Novels class about three springs ago, and while I didn't really care for the novel that much, I downright *despised* its... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Natalie W
4.0 out of 5 stars Bus, what bus?
a subtle and endearing look at the existential angst of teenagers growing up. Birch and Johansen do a great job
Published 4 months ago by johnK
2.0 out of 5 stars turned out not to be my thing
Scarlett Johansson? Thora Birch? What's not to like! Well... this movie.
It was not for me. Though I'm sure some may like it.
It's pretty doggone angsty.
Published 4 months ago by Real User
3.0 out of 5 stars tedious amount of adolescent angst
Overrated self conscious coming of age movie with a tedious amount of adolescent angst, condescension, heavy symbolism and caricature roles. Read more
Published 5 months ago by fern
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