Ghost World

Ghost World

DVD - 2002
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Explores the friendship between Enid and Becky, and the adventures that they share and don't share the summer after graduating high school.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 2002
ISBN: 9780792850960
0792850963
Branch Call Number: GHO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4in

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VonHafenstaaad
Sep 19, 2017

The greatest distinction of "Ghost World" is its singular spirit. Here's a dark, deadpan comedy about alienated kids that manages to be smart, surpassingly odd, extremely funny and mysteriously endearing at the same time.

I thought of this film as an endearing portrait of what it's like to GROW-UP and face reality. With it's overtly nutty characters and razor sharp darker cult comedy status, This movie proves to be a pivotal point in director Terry Zwigoff's career. It moves throughout so quick and detailed and when it ended I wanted more. The bonus supplements on this terrific Criterion collection edition ( Excellent !!!!!) talking with Thora birch, Illeana Douglas & Scarlett Johannsen during a 2017 interview reflecting on what it was like to be apart of this amazing film. There were so many memorable scenes and gritty brazen dialogue , adding to the fact that it was such a good move to have the film end the way it did. A superb showcase of a film ,so much that when this came out in 2001 I was not the slightest interested in seeing this but like a great Coen brothers movie this builds and ages better over time. Five Stars 100 %

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jezicuhh
May 10, 2017

This movie surprised me! I was tempted to turn it off at the beginning, but it drew me in slowly over time. I really enjoyed the fashion in this movie. Very quirky style choices. I won't spoil the ending for anyone, but I love how this film concluded. It felt like everything came full circle. I also liked the ending because as things went wrong, I expected everything to be solved in a traditional, basic movie plotline type of way. Some might call this movie dark, but I like it kept me guessing until the very end. I kept thinking the movie was going to go one way and it never went as expected. I didn't give it four much less five stars because it was very slow at some times and I think all of the characters are underdeveloped besides Enid and Seymour. They are the main characters, but I wish we could have seen more of Scarlett Johansson's character (Amber). Oh, and the gas station dude with nunchucks! He was hilarious!

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TheSandoz
May 05, 2017

This movie was inspired by the comic book of the same name. The movie is well written and has elements of both comedy and tragedy. It is a movie for all ages from teenager to the elderly. It is a film that touches on themes relating to perception of self and others, relationships, coming of age, changes in culture, etc. The movie also has a great soundtrack and acting.

LarryLib Feb 06, 2015

Sweet, thanks for losing the last copy "library patron".

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 18, 2014

This film by American director Terry Zwigoff deals with two young women, freshly out of high school, trying their best to integrate themselves into society, and to find love and a sense of belonging. These two are in a sense misfits, and the addition of a third misfit, played by Steve Busceni, completes a pretty strong cast. This film is definitely off-the-mainstream, but delivers a very enjoyable movie experience.

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JOANNA M BLACK
Sep 19, 2013

This movie is great; I have loved it for years but lost my copy and was so delighted to find it at the library. Upon revisiting it, I found the characters as paradoxical as ever (simple in their desire to be free, yet complex in their feelings and expressions). It captures the spirit of emerging into the world of adulthood post high school so accurately and universally, and I can’t help but relate some of my own experiences to these characters. The actors do a great job conveying a multi-layered personality that compliments the dynamic plot of the movie. A must see if you haven’t already.

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BearsEatBeets
Aug 21, 2010

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I had seen another Daniel Clowes adaptation and was disappointed. "Ghost World" was very refreshing indeed.
I loved the quirky characters - and there are many (Doug, the loitering and shirtless nunchuks guy really was brilliant!) - and some of the fictitious business names are classic (Sidewinder convenience store anyone? How about Computer Station?).
But the story is hard-hitting too, as the relationship between the two main characters changes and their once inseparable closeness fades over the course of experiencing their brief first taste of life after high school.
Following up, the bonus material was loaded with great stuff like a full-length musical production of one of the soundtrack songs. It was set in Southeast Asia in the mid-60's, a young woman is dancing not-too-subtly backed up by a full band, and the bandleader is singing a lively ballad in what I can only understand to be some dialect of an Indo-Asiatic language. It is so enchanting that it makes me want to find out more about this video snippet.
I'm going to checkout the original graphic novel and see how the original story lines compare to the movie's.
P.S. - Anything with Steve Buscemi in it is usually great.

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IsabelWoods
Dec 22, 2009

he just ordered a large glass of milk

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