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Ghost World (2001)

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$98,791, 22 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Enid Coleslaw, the main character's name, is an anagram of the film and comic book's author, Daniel Clowes. See more »


In the last art class when Roberta hugs Justin, all of his artwork falls except 1½ sticks on table. In next shot, Justin is shown having a wooden ball in his hand fitted with 3 sticks. In the very next shot, he is shown fixing a 4th stick in the ball. Then in next shot, he gestures throwing one of the sticks intentionally on the ground, but when his hand reappears in frame, he still has that stick in his hand. Then in next shot, no. of sticks in ball increases to 5. See more »


[pretending to hold up Rebecca's coffee shop in a Catwoman mask]
Enid: Gimme all your money, bitch!
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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 »


Referenced in Neighbours: Episode #1.4385 (2003) See more »


Jaan Pehechaan Ho
Performed by Mohammad Rafi (as Mohammed Rafi)
Courtesy of Prithvi Pictures
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Deadpan comic revulsion
30 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Two female high school grads plan to get jobs and hang together, but bonds become frayed and paths separate after one of the girls ends up on an unintended journey of self-discovery. From the comic-book which takes a perverse delight in celebrating the geeky side of all of us, "Ghost World" is profane and cynical, but also surprisingly blithe and bright. I rather enjoyed it but realize it's not for every taste. Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson are incredibly rich and vivid in their roles (low-keyed, deadpan, but not blanks); their love-hate friendship is convincing and blessedly free of melodramatics--even they seem to cherish the personality conflicts that come up, it may give them more ammunition. As for the ending, I'm not sure whether it is ingenious or a cop-out, but it did leave me touched (in a bemused, nostalgic way). A movie with much to offer. ***1/2 from ****

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