Ghost World (2001)

Director: Terry Zwigoff

Writers: Daniel Clowes & Terry Zwigoff

(Based on a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes)

I hadn’t seen this since it came out so I decided to revisit it a decade later and it still holds up pretty well.  Birch and Johansson play slacker/fuck the world type girls Enid & Rebecca who think everyone and everything is stupid.  But then they graduate high school and Rebecca (Johansson) realizes there is more to life than being sarcastic and mean and starts to grow up a little leaving Enid (Birch) behind and even more bitter than before.

There is a honest and very dry humor to this.  The film starts at graduation right when adult hood is starting to peek his head.  He get a glimpse of their friendship as it was but most of the film takes place after.  Enid befriends Seymour (Buscemi) about half way through, mostly as a joke.  He is a sad sack record collector but thought he was going to meet a woman on a blind date set up by Rebecca and Enid.  Eventually the joke turns serious as Enid and Seymour start spending more and more time together as her friendship with Rebecca falls by the wayside.

Buscemi just has a demeanor and look about him that why confident also makes me feel sad.  He can just communicate so much just by his face.  One of those actors I love and appreciate even in Sandler dreck but when he is in a quality movie, like this, he is even better.

Glad to see this movie holds up.  A lot of times re-watching a movie I liked I worry that I just didn’t know what I was talking about when I saw it at 15 but Ghost World holds up as an accurate portrayal of the early 2000s as well as the growing pains of just coming out of High School.

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About Jon Watches Movies

Watching a movie a day since January 1, 2011.
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