Cult Classic: Ghost World (2001)

Posted: April 27, 2013 in Joe Giambrone
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This one grows on you over the years.  It’s such a weird little indie indulgence that it needs to be seen.  Based on a graphic novel, Thora Birch and Scarlett Johanssen are angsty high school graduates facing a dismal suburban future and trying to find themselves.  Caught between childhood and adulthood, and unsure about the road ahead, it makes for an unexpected, twisting melodrama unlike other teenage films.


Society and its mores are in the gun sights, as these misfits face the possibility of conforming.  This conformist / anti-conformist dichotomy drives the story and drives a wedge between longtime besties, Enid and Rebecca.

Throw in one off the wall encounter with Steve Buscemi, a hard core recluse dweeb with an old 78 record fetish, and things get highly discomforting.  Enid plays games with everyone’s lives, including her own, with mixed results.  In the end, perhaps we’re not sure what the hell happened or how to make sense of it.  The fantasy ending is what annoyed me originally.  Now, I can look past it and enjoy the film for its view on our culture and the performances of those involved.


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