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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 »


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:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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During Enid and Seymour's visit to Anthony's adult shop, one of the businessman patrons is Will Forte. He is only shown for one second in this, his first, uncredited film role. See more »


The actor who plays the high school principal in the graduation scene also plays one of the customers in the porno shop. This was not intentional - Terry Zwigoff cast him as a porno shop customer forgetting that he also played the principal. See more »


Seymour: Well, I have to admit that things are really starting to look up for me since my life turned to shit.
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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 »


References The Graduate (1967) See more »


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Written by Wayne Coster
Published by Megatrax Production Music, Inc.
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It's not Daria, and if you don't get it, don't bitch
4 April 2004 | by (TC, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie I f***ing went insane! Best movie I had ever seen! I saw it on the first day of school that year, so it started me off pumped. It meant so much to me, and accentuated and made sense of many parts of my life. I cannot explain how close I am to this movie. My best fiend saw it with me too, and we have been a lot closer since then.

It was very smartly written, realistic as hell- not necessarily the actions, but the feelings behind the actions taken in this movie.

It is basically about this girl named Enid (Thora Birch) who has just graduated high school, and doesn't know where her life is going. She quickly discriminates against others, though I think that most of the time, she is justified. Enid and her friend Rebecca are spending the whole movie thinking about getting an apartment, but Enid procrastinates. She basically stops caring about anything that will help her in life, and entertains herself by hating everything that she can. This makes her depressed, and she loves it. Enid becomes involved with an older jazz/ragtime enthusiast named Seymour (Steve Buscemi) who has issues relating to others. Enid likes/ is intrigued by him, and feels that he can relate to her better than anyone else that she knows in her world. Seymour is her drug. As a drama, Ghost World was great. The first half of the movie, though, was one of the funniest, darkest setups I have ever seen. A lot of sarcastic humor that many would call ______ist, but whatever. It's got some of the best one liners I've ever heard. I will not go on and on about the ending, because other reviewers have overly voiced their 10 line opinions about how it's so good that it's gone past bad and back to good again or really "sucky and artsy". About the ending, I will say this- It is not a normal Hollywood ending. That's good. Hollywood is redundant.

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