Ghost World

ACCENTUATE THE NEGATIVE. 

Enid and Rebecca (Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson) graduate from high school; too cool for this world, the girls are happy to leave their stupid classmates behind, but immediately begin to drift apart. The greatest asset of director Terry Zwigoff’s first fictional film is the actors. Birch is convincing as the teenager who feels that virtually everyone is abandoning her and Johansson is equally good as her friend who is changing her lifestyle; the supporting cast is an additional bonus. The movie portrays people who are on the outside but doesn’t glamorize that lifestyle. Worth a look, but not terribly compelling.

2001-U.S. 111 min. Color. Directed by Terry Zwigoff. Screenplay: Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff. Comic Book: Daniel Clowes. Cast: Thora Birch (Enid), Scarlett Johansson (Rebecca), Steve Buscemi (Seymour), Brad Renfro, Illeana Douglas, Bob Balaban. Cameo: Teri Garr. 

Trivia: Co-produced by John Malkovich. R. Crumb contributed a drawing to this film.

 

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