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  • Actors: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Brad Renfro, Illeana Douglas
  • Directors: Terry Zwigoff
  • Producers: Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith, Janette Day
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X4ZGP2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,610 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Best friends and teen-cynics Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) have just finished High School and are spending the summer hanging around together. One day the permanently underwhelmed pair use a personal ad to play a cruel prank on lonely middle-aged record collector Seymour (Steve Buscemi); but Enid comes to regret this, befriends Seymour, and tries to help him find a woman. Rebecca thinks Seymour is a geek and can't understand Enid's affection for him, and as she and Enid spend less and less time together, they begin to drift apart.

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In an inspired opening, Ghost World begins with a montage from a 1960s Bollywood video and voyeuristic shots of the neighbours of the eponymous suburban town. This is teenage angst taken beyond the realms of the pure sexual frustration of American Pie, onto the level of displacement.

Just what lies in store for two girls after school has finished? Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) mull over life, love and the weird and wonderful inhabitants of the small town of Ghost World. But while Rebecca attempts to "grow up" by getting a job and an apartment, Enid is forced into summer Art School and begins a friendship with the sad loner Seymour (Steve Buscemi), who has more of a relationship with his seven-inches than the human race. The girls' relationship begins to strain and as the story progresses Rebecca appears in both Enid’s life and the film, less and less.

Based on the comics by Daniel Clowes, which have themselves been acclaimed as a modern-day Catcher in the Rye, and directed by Terry (Crumb) Zwigoff, Ghost World is a beautiful exploration of the confusions and choices faced by young adults. Although criticised for being slow in places, the film's pace adds extra realism to its exposure of the constraints of small-town life. The poignant ending leaves us unsure about what’s next for Enid; though from what we’ve learnt through the course of the film, going it alone and making big decisions is the only way to reap the rewards in an uncertain life.

On the DVD: Ghost World on disc comes with a standard range of special features, including a photo gallery (mainly of Birch in her distinctive costumes), trailers and one subtitle option: English for the hard of hearing. In the section entitled "Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World" there's a tour of his old neighbourhood, the inspiration for the comic, in which the author states he never made anything up; a self portrait and Clowes talking about the process of turning his comic into a film--which is about as close as you will get on this disc to a commentary. --Nikki Disney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gerry on 1 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
There is just something about this film!
Very atmospheric with brilliant cinematography and an almost permanent air of melancholy and loss.
Quite funny in parts but it's the overpowering sense of gloominess which makes the film - honest!
The two female leads are excellent as is Steve Buscemi. The haunting piano theme tune compliments the visuals and the opening dance sequence (from a 1960s Bollywood musical) is amazing.
I'd like to have learned more about the anti-semitic redneck character's relationship with Enid (Thora Birch) but as I've not read the book I don't know if this line is pursued futher in print. (The comic book is also available from Amazon.)
I'd thoroughly recommend you check out this movie. The odd thing is that my kids (female,ages 12 & 14) don't like it but I (male age 45) do! Maybe they are a bit too young for all that angst!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joe Public on 8 Aug. 2008
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This is a really enjoyable film. Focussing its attentions upon the young person's search for identity,the perpetuation/cessation of teen-angst malaise and the fear of conventionality, this is a proverbial hoot. A cracking, well-structured script infectiously and sympathetically portrays an early, formative rites-of-passage tale with infectious and engaging humour. Everything that "Juno" ought to have been but wasn't, this is a must-see movie!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Knighty Knight on 28 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
This is a triumph of literature and film, this is a comic book adaptation that deserves nothing but praise, and let us not have the narrow minded and elitist view that just because its source material is a comic book, it doesn't deserve praise.

This is the most accurate account of a coming of age story I have ever seen. Enid and Rebecca are an Everyman. They represent what we have all been through in trying to adjust into adult life after being carefree and sheltered while at school. The notion that whilst Enid stands static while all around moves and adapts to new surroundings and responsibilities is ever present. Enid (Birch) represents us all in many ways, who amongst us has never longed for something less mundane and uniform? She is very if a little too individualistic, she is reaching out for some comfort and even though she relishes something different she wants something familiar also.

This is a very bitter-sweet and humorous film, all characters are very well developed and over the top of the coming of age thread is the development of the relationship between Enid and Seymour(Buscemi). Both in their own ways non conformists. Seymour is the odd-ball who is lonely and tricked by Enid into going to a diner to meet a woman who he thinks has replied to his personals advertisement in the local paper. After feeling bad and discovering that he lives close by, she befriends him and they find that they have much in common. At first she sees him as a curiosity and something to be played with, but as the they see more of each other there is a genuine affection towards him.

Whilst this is happening the proposed move in the Rebecca (Johansson) keeps being put off. The once indestructible friendship of Enid and Rebecca diminishes rapidly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Miss L Clements on 15 Sept. 2002
Format: DVD
Unless you're familiar with Daniel Clowes' adult comic books, you might think this black comedy is about the supernatural. It isn't. It's about those plain, often-unnoticed people who function out-of-the-mainstream. Thora Birch stars as Enid, a recent high-school grad who's decided to skip college, find a job and get an apartment with her best-friend, Rebecca. But when she discovers she has to take a summer remedial art course to get her diploma, Enid's plans get derailed. The chaos begins when the girls wickedly fake a response to a personals ad and lure a lonely loser named Seymour to a diner, thinking he's going to meet the girl of his dreams. Since he knows he can't relate to 99% of humanity, Seymour shows no outward indignation, sipping a vanilla milkshake, patiently waiting. Peering through horned-rimmed glasses, utterly intrigued, Enid stalks him. She discovers he's obsessed with collecting vintage 78 rpm records and, significantly, that they have a lot in common. At the same time, her single father decides to move his girl-friend in, her relationship with Rebecca deteriorates, her "racist" art class project turns into a local scandal, and she's deeply conflicted about her strange feelings for thirtysomething Seymour. This is an intriguing coming-of-age story and well worth a watch!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 27 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
"Ghost World" is another one of those off the wall quirky films that it is almost impossible to categorise, but suffice it to say that the film is extremely entertaining and one to definitely check out.
The story concerns two recently graduated high school students, Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson). Both girls are slightly outlandish, smart and probably extremely intelligent, but stand aside from their peer groups, thinking all others are un-cool or stupid. Released from the confines of the school system the girls plan to rent a flat together and find work. The first obstacle in their plans is the discovery that Enid must attend summer art school which means she cannot work. So whereas Rebecca settles down to a boring but steady job in the local coffee shop, Enid is left to wander the street of the town.
The girls in their boredom hatch a plot to set up the poster of a personal ad in the local newspaper. The innocent poster is a middle aged nobody called Seymour (Steve Buscemi) who has a liking for obscure old records and antique advertisements. Enid and Seymour set up a unlikely relationship and begin to accompany each other to a range of events and concerts. Unfortunately when Seymour begins a proper romantic relationship with a lady Enid finds herself on the sidelines somewhat. Going back to Rebecca she finds that she seems to knuckling down to hard work and intent on renting the flat and generally settling down to a more conventional lifestyle.
The film's major plus point is the superb observational skills it shows. There is one scene in the blues bar where Enid looks around her at the different young men on display which is quite superb, without any dialogue we know exactly what she is thinking.
The performances from the main leads are great.
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