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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Terry Zwigoff

Writers:

Daniel Clowes (comic book), Daniel Clowes | 1 more credit »
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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
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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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Comedy | Drama

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

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Trivia

There are several references to other comic strips written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. Most notably, the coffee shop patron in the wheelchair is from Clowes' strip "Feldman" and the "tampon in a teacup" gag is from a strip called "Art School Confidential". Both strips appeared in a comic book called "Eightball" which also contained "Ghost World". See more »

Goofs

When Enid is dying her hair brown, her hair goes from having one piece in her face to a big piece stuck to her face to being neatly to the sides, between shots without her touching it. See more »

Quotes

Enid: [noticing a pair of jeans on the sidewalk] Hey, look. There's the pants.
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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 »

Connections

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Mister Magic
Written by Ralph MacDonald and William Salter
Arranged by Rick Fleishman
Performed by Orange Colored Sky
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An excellent parable about disaffected youth
1 September 2007 | by lauraeileen894See all my reviews

Terry Zwigoff has created an excellent parable about disaffected youth in "Ghost World". The character of Enid (memorably played by Thora Birch) is a sardonic iconoclast, and a bit of a hero to me. She has her own style, speaks her razor sharp mind, and truly doesn't care what people think about her. Picture a female, proactive version of Holden Caulfield. I desperately wish I were more like Enid when I was in high school.

Enid's partner in crime is Rebecca (Scarlett Johannson), who has one foot in the offbeat world Enid inhabits, and the other foot in the mainstream world Enid loathes. Rebecca's one of those types who never seem to mean what they're saying, not because of dishonesty, but because of lack of self-knowledge and security. When these two pals start to drift apart after they graduate from high school, Enid latches on to champion loser Seymour (Steve Buschemi, who seems to live for these kinds of roles), a devoted record collector. Through one long, seemingly uneventful summer, Enid takes a good look at the world around her, and a painful series of events force her to find her own place in it.

I adored this anti-"teen movie", and it was so refreshing to see a heroine who wasn't a blandly blonde, pool cue shaped cheerleader who spouted out adorable one-liners. Enid is a proud loner and rebel, who wears her crazy wardrobe and Truman Capote glasses with pride. Zwigoff never allows the movie to be Hollywood saccharine or indie film depressing. It's full of realistic, human characters we've all known at one time or another. I was further amazed by how true to life "Ghost World" is. Nothing in the film turns out the way you expect it to, but, really, isn't that just the same as life?


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Language:

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Release Date:

21 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$98,791, 22 July 2001

Gross USA:

$6,217,849

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,764,007
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