Ghost World

2001

Ghost World

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

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Set during the summer after they graduate from high school, two ultra-hip friends, Enid and Becky fear drifting apart when Enid considers moving across the country to attend college. When Enid develops an attraction to offbeat Seymour and Becky sets her sights on Josh - on whom both girls have a crush - their friendship is forever changed.

Cast

Illeana Douglas
as Roberta Allsworth
Bob Balaban
as Enid's Father
Teri Garr
as Maxine
Debra Azar
as Melorra
Pat Healy
as John Ellis
Brian George
as Sidewinder Boss
Rini Bell
as Graduation Speaker
Lindsey Girardot
as Vanilla/Graduation Rapper
Joy Bisco
as Jade/Graduation Rapper
Venus DeMilo Thomas
as Ebony/Graduation Rapper
Ashley Peldon
as Margaret
Janece Jordan
as Black Girl
Kaileigh Martin
as Snotty Girl
Alexander Fors
as Hippy Boy
Marc Vann
as Jerome/Angry Guy
James Sie
as Steven/Asian Guy
Paul Keith
as Fussy Guy/Paul
David Cross
as Pushy Guy/Gerrold
J.J. Bad Boy Jones
as Fred Chatman
Dylan Jones
as Red-Haired Girl
Steve Pierson
as Blueshammer Member
Jake LaBotz
as Blueshammer Member
Johnny Irion
as Blueshammer Member
Nate Wood
as Blueshammer Member
Charles Schneider
as Joey McCobb
Edward T. McAvoy
as Mr. Satanist
Sid Garza-Hillman
as Zine-O-Phobia Creep
Joshua Wheeler
as Zine-O-Phobia Creep
Patrick Fishler
as Masterpiece Video Clerk
Daniel Graves
as Masterpiece Video Customer
Matt Doherty
as Masterpiece Video Employee
Joel Michaely
as Porno Customer
Debi Derryberry
as Rude Coffee Customer
Joe Sikora
as Reggae Fan
Brett Gilbert
as Alien Autopsy Guy
Alex Solowitz
as Cineplex Manager
Tony Ketcham
as Alcoholic Customer
Mary Bogue
as Popcorn Customer
Brian Jacobs
as Soda Customer
Patrick Yonally
as Garage Sale Hipster
Lauren Bowles
as Angry Garage Sale Woman
Lorna Scott
as Art Show Curator
Jeff Murray
as Roberta's Colleague
Jerry Rector
as Dana's Co-Worker
John Bunnell
as Seymour's Boss
Diane Salinger
as Psychiatrist
Anna Berger
as Seymour's Mother
Bruce Glover
as Feldman/Wheelchair Guy
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Critic Reviews for Ghost World

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (146) | Rotten (12)

  • The greatest distinction of "Ghost World" is its singular spirit. Here's a dark, deadpan comedy about alienated kids that manages to be smart, surpassingly odd, extremely funny and mysteriously endearing at the same time.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • See it for Birch's hostile stare and Johansson's devastating monotone.

    Apr 12, 2013

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Most of Ghost World is funny, but the laughs are inextricably tied to the painful alienation and self-loathing that comes with living on society's fringes.

    Jul 14, 2010

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • By sharp turns poignant, disturbing and hysterically funny.

    Jul 7, 2010 | Full Review…

    Ken Eisner

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • It isn't a perfect film, but it's never less than strikingly original.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • For all its weirdness and weightless suburban ennui, this is actually a very plausible, understated account of late adolescent pain.

    Nov 24, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ghost World

  • 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.
    Jason V Super Reviewer

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