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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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Terry Zwigoff

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

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prízracný svet See more »

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,217,849

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,543,544
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Fascinating coming of age film from Zwigoff
28 June 2003 | by Joseph_MastroSee all my reviews

This film is well outside of mainstream movie making and is largely a successful effort in displaying the pains of leaving high school and entering adulthood today, particularly for those in the middle class who don't have the structure of college or military service to help organize their time. The movie certainly makes you squirm and think about our current mass culture. For example, it's display of the downside potential of political correctness -- how easliy one can be misunderstood and branded as racist when handling sensitive material with irony or other intelligent twist -- was brilliantly handled and very painful to view. Also of note, Steve Buscemi's character appears as a cleaner version of R. Crumb, the great cartoonist/artist who director Zwigoff earlier made a successful film on. His physical appearance, his love of music from the thirties and forties, his awkward and sensitive attraction to the young and buxom Laura Birch character -- this stood out for me as another plus with the film. Not a film for everyone, but clearly worthwhile for those who are used to the off-beat. 8/10.


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