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Ghost World (2001)

  • Starring: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi
  • Director: Terry Zwigoff
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 111 min.

Staff Picks Series
Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
November’s pick was made by Ellen Neville.
“I first found this film after I read Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Ghost World as a teenager. I was slowly accepting my outsider, art-kid destiny, and Daniel Clowes’ books introduced me to what would become my favorite book genre. I love Enid’s (Thora Birch) sarcastic sense of humor, her sense of style, and the strange people she attracts. I wanted to share it because it’s a coming of age film about a very specific type of nonconforming teenager. Also the music is great!”

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Synopsis: Based on the well-known comic, Ghost World tells the story of neo-cool Enid (Birch) and Rebecca (Johansson) who, faced with high school graduation take a hard look at the world they wryly observe and decide what they really want. (MGM / UA)

"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."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"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."
- Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Zwigoff pulls off something in Ghost World that seems a minor miracle -- he creates someone with a complex inner life."
- Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"Graced by numerous wonderful and amusing touches, and boasts sterling performances by Birch and Buscemi."
- Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"I wanted to hug this movie. It takes such a risky journey and never steps wrong."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The cast ... brings Mr. Clowes's sad world of loneliness and disaffection to vivid comic life."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A film like no other, an artful spellbinder that cuts deep. "
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's surely the best depiction of teenage eccentricity since 'Rushmore,' and its incisive satire of the boredom and conformity that rule our thrill-seeking, individualistic land, and also its question-mark ending, reminded me of 'The Graduate.'"
- Dana Stevens, The New York Times
"Offers an exquisite tour of the twilight zone between high school and the so-called real world, as well as between bohemian subculture and the even stranger culture of America at large. "
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon