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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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Bottom line: No matter what age you are, this movie is worth watching. You may find yourself wondering about some of those feelings and dreams you had way back when. Whatever happened to that person? Is she or he still in there somewhere? Maybe it's time to get in touch with that "you" again.
The simplicity of the story may be off-putting to some, but to me it made me giggle. The "embarrassing" moments aren't too much (such as Ben stiller flicks where you are hurting from embarrassment), and the relationship between Thora Birch and Buscemi is actually kind of adorable. :)
Thora Birch seemed to have terrific range in that movie as an actress, but that could have been editting and direction.
In Ghost World, she makes me wonder if she was what made AB great.
This terrific movie boasts some remarkable dialogue, excellent cinematography and very tight directing.
More importantly it boasts a living heart that is often imitated in film but very infrequently to success. These girls make you care about them. They're terrific, funny, a little cruel but definitely very human.
If I have a critique, its that the plotline was a little weak. But in truth, the nature of its living heart means that the plot is like that of life, vague, mostly not-there and intriguing.
Go see this flick. You'll be happy you did.
By the way, among the unknown cast members, the shirtless fellow with the nunchucks was a wierd little standout...who in heck was that?
Oh, and last, why wasn't Terry Garr's name (she's nearly unrecognizable in this film) in the credits? Its not even that she did this film incognito...Maxine, her character in the movie, isn't even listed in the credits.