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Ghost World (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  21 September 2001 (USA)
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With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.



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This is the story of Enid and Rebecca after they finish the high school. Both have problems relating to people and they spend their time hanging around and bothering creeps. When they meet Seymour who is a social outsider who loves to collect old 78 records, Enid's life will change forever. Written by eric from Mexico City

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They're high school graduates, and the world's got hell to pay! See more »


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Rated R for strong language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prízracný svet  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$98,791 (USA) (20 July 2001)


$6,200,756 (USA) (1 February 2002)

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The credits for Roberta Allworth's short film "Mirror, Father, Mirror" read "This film was made possible by generous donations from: The Foundation For the Advancement of Mature Women in the Arts, The Struggling Artist Foundation, the Why Not Me Project and Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Allsworth". See more »


When Enid and Rebecca are following the "Satanist" couple, we see them walking down a street with a storefront to their left and a crosswalk sign behind them. They turn a corner with the building on their right, but then we them walking down the street with the storefront once again on their left and crosswalk sign behind them. See more »


Rebecca: This is so bad it's almost good.
Enid: This is so bad it's gone past good and back to bad again.
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Crazy Credits

After all the credits roll, there's another take of the scene where Seymour (Steve Buscemi) gets attacked by Doug in the minimart. Only this time, Buscemi's characer easily wins the fight, choking Doug with his own weapon, and stomps out triumphantly. He finishes with a bunch of Mr. Pink type dialogue. See more »


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Mature, intelligent and haunting (but in a good way)
11 June 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Movies that criticise the world can fall into many traps, leaving the viewer to feel jaded by the film's experience. Ghost World's witty appraisal of 'America' successfully avoids being childishly caustic or self-important and thus emerges as one of the best films of 2001. We sympathise with Enid (the luscious Thora Birch) without being expected to completely believe that her cynical world-view is necessarily the right one. Enid's (and her best-friend Rebecca's)negativity is turned on all around them, and their obsessive need to be cool but on their own terms sees them take post-modernism to its absurd conclusion.

Enid's bizarre costume choices mean that she stands out from the rest of her baggy-panted generation, and in one scene is infuriated that no-one, even Rebecca, understands her 'original 1977 punk look' she's testing out.

The fact that we should not fully empathise with Enid is shown by the contrasting character arc of Rebecca. There is a definite sense that she grows up over the course of the movie, but not in a "what have we learned about life" Disney way. Perhaps she has sold out to the conservative ideals that seemed so repulsive to them at the beginning of the movie, but just as Enid ultimately fulfils her desires, so does Becky live out her 'seventh grade fantasy'. The important thing is not the choices people make, but whether they make choices with which they are happy.

The movie's main targets are people who betray themselves in an effort to fit in, and their resulting stupidity by doing so. But the people who have remained true to their values (like Steve Buscemi's Seymour, in a performance that should have been at least nominated for an Academy Award), are portrayed as leading equally vacuous lives. Seymour's infrequent attempts to achieve 'normality' are galling for us to observe, and near soul-destroying for him to experience.

This is an excellent movie. Thora Birch gives her most confident performance to date, and Scarlett Johansson is superbly laconic as Enid's icy side-kick. The supporting cast all shine. Strongly recommended!

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