Glorified teen angst. Read selfishness when sanity proposed. Read unpleasantness when cool intended. Unlikeable characters displaying childish stubbornness and frigid inmaturity simply making the world a better place outside their rigid parameters. Zwigoff twists this bitter plonk to confuse and annoy rather than to please and enlighten unfortunately portraying the underdog in such a neurotic and narcissistic fashion
A strange and beguiling film. I didn't know the graphic novel it was made from, but can see in retrospect that the set pieces work like frames in a comic. Having seen the strips afterwards, it's uncanny how the girls are like their drawn counterparts, A great outsider movie....
Allowing for the universal truth that American movie teens are innately short on charm, (come back at me on this one!)this is a slow-burn, involving narrative with memorable leads and bit parts. Must try topless racist abuse shouting with a mouth full of beef jerky in a mini-mart. Best not, its messing with my values system. Love the discontinued bus guy and the art teacher.
Surprised by the frankness of performances. Thora Birch is especially good at walking the line between being the cool kid and the kid who is a self-centred jerk. Note: Gary Burns also did this extremely well with his characters in "Kitchen Party" (1997). "Ghost World" also contains brilliant details that indicate an awareness of the teen psyche and audience tolerance for writerly moments. "old lady phase" <3