Based on 1997 graphic novel of the same name by cult illustrator Daniel Clowes, two quirky, offbeat teenage girls who have just graduated high school respond to a personal ad in the newspaper as a prank, meeting a lonely, middle-aged record collector.
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I'm closer now in age to Steve Buscemi's character than Thora Birch's, and Ghost World looks all the better for it. The first act, heavy in dark comedy, no longer delights me—I find it too misanthropic. But the rest of the movie puts it in soulful relief: it's a movie about getting passed an age where you think you're smarter than you are, and arriving at an age where you *feel* more than you snark. A beautiful film.
Whatever happened to Thora Birch? Was seeing Alaska and making a mental bridge toward miss Johansson a dude of sorts of Thora's and thinking to myself: "one became the most big of superstars and the other kinda withered away into oblivion. How unfair is life? ". Pretty odd film. The characters are not likable or empathetic at all. I mean one could relate a tad but they're so mean. Seems like Solondz would like this.
I was surprisingly drawn into this story. Steve Buscemi is brilliant as always and the rest of the cast is great. Not sure if I loved the ending but I guess I'll need some more time to reflect on the film as a whole.
i really really have tried to like this film and i just can't. it just doesn't stand up to the graphic novel and can't stand on it's own merit. after all these years, there's only one genuinely funny part outside of the novel and I use it as a note to friends on a regular basis.