Friday, February 19, 2016

Ghost World

The Gist: Enid and Rebecca are two misfits who just finished high school, don't seem to get along with anyone, and don't really care to. They decide to share an apartment, but that means they have to get jobs that they hate. One day, they stumble upon Seymour, a middle-aged geeky 78 records collector who also has trouble relating to other people, and decide to pretend to befriend him as a joke. Eventually though, Seymour starts growing on Enid, who begins to understand what growing up really means, and her relationship with Rebecca starts to become strained.

Ghost World is a funny comedy with a deep mean streak that doubles as a caustic social commentary on the hardships of growing up and relating to other people.

Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buscemi are plainly brilliant in the lead roles. Illeana Douglas and Tom McGowan, in smaller supporting roles, light up the screen, and Brad Renfro, once again, shows us what a talented young actor he was. Too bad that handsome devil died so young.

The Bottom Line: Ghost World is a really good and cool movie that should satisfy most palates. Don't pass it by.

Grade: 8

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