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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.


Terry Zwigoff


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thora Birch ... Enid
Scarlett Johansson ... Rebecca
Steve Buscemi ... Seymour
Brad Renfro ... Josh
Illeana Douglas ... Roberta Allsworth
Bob Balaban ... Enid's Dad
Stacey Travis ... Dana
Charles C. Stevenson Jr. ... Norman
Dave Sheridan ... Doug
Tom McGowan ... Joe
Debra Azar ... Melora
Brian George ... Sidewinder Boss
Pat Healy ... John Ellis
Rini Bell ... Graduation Speaker
T.J. Thyne ... Todd


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


Il y a une vie après le lycée... (France) See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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USA | UK | Germany



Release Date:

21 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prízracný svet See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Sheridan came to his audition with a mullet hairstyle. See more »


When Enid and Rebecca are at the diner and Enid is looking through the personal ads, reading them aloud, Rebecca is playing with sugar on the table. She forms shapes in them that change unnaturally every time the camera goes back to her See more »


Zine-O-Phobia Creep: Whoever told you that bullshit about boiling is out of his mind. Carpet beetles are the only way to get flesh off a corpse.
Zine-O-Phobia Creep: I'm just telling you what he said.
Enid: [having just walked into the store] Don't you creeps ever talk about anything nice? Don't you ever talk about fluffy kittens or the Easter Bunny?
Zine-O-Phobia Creep: [looking at her green hair and leather jacket] Look who's talking, Little Miss Badass.
Zine-O-Phobia Creep: Yeah! Nice outfit. Who are you supposed to be, Cyndi Lauper?
Enid: Blow me, doofus.
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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 Film Geek (2005) See more »


Pickin' Cotton Blues
Written by Terry Zwigoff, Steve Pierson, and Guy Thomas
Performed by Blueshammer
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Adorable advocacy on the end of adolescence and the anti-conformism
31 March 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

For a few weeks, the daily life of Rebecca and Enid, two teenagers who spend their time complaining and pesting, with a decided opinion on almost everything, without any diplomatic filter. One could almost think they were educated in France, at least partially. Thus, following their 4381st perfidy of the week, they meet Seymour, a lonely middle-aged music aficionado. Surprisingly, in contact with Seymour, Enid discovers the concept of benevolence. Despite the 25-year gap, they seem connected with real affinities. In fact, the film takes place at a time when Rebecca and Enid have just graduated from high school, and what seemed to be gratuitous malice is probably more an uncontrolled anger based on the fear of leaving their adolescence to join a world they hardly appreciate: the adult society. They fear to grow up and move on. In a way, Seymour was a transition or a key milestone for Enid: the perfect guy, at the perfect time. Thanks to Seymour, Enid has matured and learned to live differently, with a significantly more open mind. The world does not revolves anymore around herself: she is now part of it. Time to take a bus to discover it! Like Jules Winnfield said during the coffee shop conversation, within Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994), she's now gonna walk the earth from town to town, meet people, get in adventures.

The movie is complex, smart and well constructed. And the cast is globally awesome, with a special mention to Roberta (the art teacher), Seymour and Enid.

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