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.
On the whole one life is blooming, whilst one is destroyed and one never really starts. This will make you laugh,think and leave you feeling sentimental and sad. The evocative power of this film is great and is a definite must see. With great performances from all concerned, and the unlikely chemistry between Steve Buscemi and Thora Birch excellent.
see it, buy it, you will love it.