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Ghost World (2001)

Steve Buscemi , Thora Birch , Terry Zwigoff  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 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 (386 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005T30L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,012 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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28 of 30 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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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 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Took a long time to arrive but no other issues . Thank you
Published 13 hours ago by Amy E Janowitz
1.0 out of 5 stars Two teenage girls think they are superior to everyone else and drift...
Two teenage girls think they are superior to everyone else and drift through the film being condescending and mean. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Tom Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy watching this movie
I really enjoy watching this movie. It's quirky and unique. Steve Buscemi, as well as all the cast are very good in this.
Published 12 days ago by Annabelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty weird movie, but who doesn't like a pretty weird movie...
Published 19 days ago by jenny
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie becomes something really wonderful by its end
This movie becomes something really wonderful by its end, but it takes trust to get there. It's a meaningful coming of age story, without the usual clichéd goop.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Milkes
3.0 out of 5 stars as expected
as expected
Published 1 month ago by Paul Stratton
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as special as you think
Highly overrated by those who think they can relate to it or understand it for its supposed deeper meaning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by movieguy321
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! Thora Birch is the best part of ...
Great Movie!
Thora Birch is the best part of this though and the main character.
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Published 1 month ago by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best movie ever
Published 1 month ago by Kermit360
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
This is a witty movie that explores the consequences of inappropriate behavior and its effects on relationships and the people in them.
Published 2 months ago by Joel Fink
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