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Ghost World (2001)

Music Video & Concerts movie directed by Terry Zwigoff

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"$&*(#%^&^ monster"

  • Nov 29, 2007
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I finally saw Ghost World a couple years ago and it was one of the best things I've done for myself. Buying it on dvd shortly thereafter, I've been in love with it ever since. This and Bob Brozman's Live in Germany (a concert dvd I know Seymour would love) are the dvds I've seen more than any others I own.

This is one of my favorite American movies of my lifetime. I think it has a huge amount of depth... truth. It's a movie that stars 2 teens (or maybe early 20s at the time but their characters are teens) and a 40-something, but it's not a "teen movie" at all. I wish this is how "teen movies" are made. I think the USA could be a better place, were that the case. Instead, teen movies feature the dumb pop-tarts du jour and you're sure to see 1 of them walk or run into at least one glass door/wall during the commercial, tee-hee!! (puke!)!

There are a million reasons and shadings of reason why I may or may not love, like or feel indifferent towards any given movie. The reasons for my love of Ghost World are simple... I relate in the most serious ways. Enid and Seymour are me split into both genders. Not in superficial ways... I don't dress like either one of them, I've never gotten the geeky/nerd/dork tag as has Seymour, but in the deeper aspects of the movie. There's no other movie I've seen where I feel like they took major parts of me and created 2 believable, heavy characters.

Thora is brilliant here. Half the movie is about her eyes, what she says with them and when she says it. Watch her eyes when her and Rebecca talk of never seeing Dennis again. If you've never felt Enid's internal struggle of feeling somehow "alone" even around those with whom you are closest, then you're probably Melora. Then there's her first Skip James moment. I think that's how everyone feels their first time with him.

With Enid (Thora), I relate internally. With Seymour, I relate more with his interests and what he comes right out and says.

This is one of the ultimate "repeated viewings" movies. I bought the dvd before I'd seen the movie 3 times. I've seen it at least 35 times since buying it, and have never less than loved it. Some people seem to think it's quirky and entertaining but for me it has gotten deeper with every viewing. Some of the lines... some of the scenes... some of the looks... in its own way, it's a perfect movie.

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review by . March 04, 2006
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Being a fan of Hocus Pocus it was kind of hard getting use to Thora Birch go from that little girl with a big mouth to this teenager with a dirty mouth but hey everybody grows up. Ghost World is just that, you don't know too many people with a life as weird as Enid's or someone that is has a best friend that is the total opposite of everything they are. And you really don't see a lot of teens that fall in love with middle-aged men that have a life revolving around old vinyl records.    You …
review by . January 09, 2005
Enid isn't normal - she wouldn't want to be. Neither are her friends. Rebecca, Enid's best friend, isn't so sure of what she's looking for. Enid is strong. She decides to search for her dreams. Rebecca looks to find safety. Who will succeed?  An excellent comic adaption with great actors!
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If you've ever felt alienated by the world around you,Ghost Worldwill offer laughter, tears, and reassurance that you are definitely not alone. Adapted by Daniel Clowes andCrumbdirector Terry Zwigoff from Clowes's acclaimed graphic novel, the movie spends summer vacation with high school graduates Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlet Johansson). They inflict little tortures on the denizens of urban sprawl, wielding scathing irony as a defense against a "ghost world" full of pop-cultural lemmings and uncertain futures. But when Enid picks a 40-ish vintage-record collector (Steve Buscemi) as the target of her latest cruel prank, she finds herself unexpectedly attracted to him ("he's the opposite of everything I completely hate") and is forced to confront her own crushing loneliness. This combination of deadpan sarcasm and deeply compassionate humanity makesGhost Worlda rare and delicate comedy, with an ambiguous ending that suggests tragedy or hope, depending on your own point of view.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Terry Zwigoff
Genre: Music, Musical
Screen Writer: Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
Runtime: 111 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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