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.
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
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When Seymour is talking to his therapist, a clock on the table beside the lamp disappears and reappears between shots. See more »
[picking up a swinging metal ornament of a cowboy on a horse]
What is this?
Dana got it when we went shopping for antiques. She said it didn't go with her stuff, so she gave it to me. Said it would go better with my 'old-time thingamajigs'.
Jesus, how can you stand her?
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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 »
Mature, intelligent and haunting (but in a good way)
Movies that criticise the world can fall into many traps, leaving the viewer
to feel jaded by the film's experience. Ghost World's witty appraisal of
'America' successfully avoids being childishly caustic or self-important and
thus emerges as one of the best films of 2001. We sympathise with Enid (the
luscious Thora Birch) without being expected to completely believe that her
cynical world-view is necessarily the right one. Enid's (and her best-friend
Rebecca's)negativity is turned on all around them, and their obsessive need
to be cool but on their own terms sees them take post-modernism to its
Enid's bizarre costume choices mean that she stands out from the rest of
her baggy-panted generation, and in one scene is infuriated that no-one,
even Rebecca, understands her 'original 1977 punk look' she's testing out.
The fact that we should not fully empathise with Enid is shown by the
contrasting character arc of Rebecca. There is a definite sense that she
grows up over the course of the movie, but not in a "what have we learned
about life" Disney way. Perhaps she has sold out to the conservative ideals
that seemed so repulsive to them at the beginning of the movie, but just as
Enid ultimately fulfils her desires, so does Becky live out her 'seventh
grade fantasy'. The important thing is not the choices people make, but
whether they make choices with which they are happy.
The movie's main targets are people who betray themselves in an effort to
fit in, and their resulting stupidity by doing so. But the people who have
remained true to their values (like Steve Buscemi's Seymour, in a
performance that should have been at least nominated for an Academy Award),
are portrayed as leading equally vacuous lives. Seymour's infrequent
attempts to achieve 'normality' are galling for us to observe, and near
soul-destroying for him to experience.
This is an excellent movie. Thora Birch gives her most confident
performance to date, and Scarlett Johansson is superbly laconic as Enid's
icy side-kick. The supporting cast all shine. Strongly recommended!
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