Ghost World details
|Starring:||Thora Birch, Bob Balaban, Steve Buscemi, Scarlett Johansson, Illeana Douglas, Brad Renfro|
|Genres:||Comedy, Drama, Teen|
|Studio:||ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 May 2002|
Most helpful review
A welcome, refreshing ...By dodger#1 from GOOLE , 24 Oct 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]A welcome, refreshing tale of two best friends coping with life after high school. Thora Birch is mesmerising as Enid, the main protagonist who pours scorn on fast food, contemporary music and those who don't make her grade. If you're tired of movies where good looking guys fall for perfect girls, usually followed by predictable third acts that pan out exactly the way you thought, then Ghost World gives you a fresh spin on that formula. Steve Buscemi is as great as ever as the geeky record collector while Bob Balaban is delightful as Enid's ineffectual dad. Good direction by Crumb's Terry Zwigoff makes this well worth renting.
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (22) Yes |
- No (2)
Thumbs UpBy a customer from Watford , 25 Apr 2009I hadn't heard of this film (or the original comic book/graphic novel) but gave it a go and was so glad I did. What a fantastically funny film - my type of humour as well. This will definately be on my list of top 10 favourite films simply for it's quirkiness. It also inspired this 45 yr old woman to seek out the comic! Great stuff & brilliantly acted!
A Ghost Plot but Buscemi shinesBy a customer from Nottingham , 18 Mar 2009I came at this with relatively low expectations but an open mind. It probably says more about me and my taste rather than the film itself but I found it a disappointing and bewildering experience. I wasn't asking for a lot from this film in terms of plot or narrative but both were sorely missing in my opinion. Scarlett Johannson gave a lacklustre performance but to be fair she wasn't give a great deal to work with. Thora Birch was sufficiently engaging to keep some level of interest going as I held on, hoping in vain that something would actually happen (without spoiling the 'plot' it does, but the significance is underwhelming). The real star in this film is Buscemi, playing against type, showing that he has a breadth of acting skill that allows him to play a sympathetic role with warmth and vulnerability. His presence on screen always livened things up but even he couldn't rescue this drab film - EXCEPT for an absolutely fantastic post-credit scene which you simply have to watch. It almost redeemed the film's failings. Without giving anything away it's a re-shoot of one of the key scenes but where Buscemi's character adopts behaviours more reminiscent of his roles in the Tarantino and Coen Brothers films than the mild-mannered loser/dork in the main feature. This scene was so good I replayed it half a dozen times over.
AimlessBy a customer from Surrey , 30 Oct 2008Possibly knowing nothing about the graphic novel this film is based on, I have missed the whole point of it. It was an aimless story about unpleasant people who I got to care less and less about as the film progressed. Disappointing and probably a film Johanssen might care to forget she ever agreed to be in.
A fun, quirky film with a nice stylized comicbook look.By tunnelweb (188 reviews) from Hamilton , 08 Aug 2008A fun, quirky film, with a great deal of attention given over to looking great. I found I could relate to the characters, and that the film did an admirable job of expressing the confusion which comes during that barrier between adolescence and adulthood - the floudering which so often occurs at the precipice at finishing school. Unfortunately, I feel the film suffers slightly in direction - it really needs to be tied together a little between on a scene by scene basis. Still highly enjoyable, and thoughtprovoking. (I haven't read the comic, so can't really comment on similarities - but the film does have a stylized 'comicbook' look.)
Yay.By a customer from Winchelsea , 16 Jul 2008Loved it.
I think it did the comic justice.
Probably will appeal to anyone who is/wants to be an outcast/quirky/different.
Unusual love story.
I think thats an adequate review length.
Watched it in the morning, bought it in the evening.