"Missing" Identity
Ghost World
Review by Ross Anthony

Best friends forever Enid and Rebecca venture into their first summer after HS graduation. Though they've both reveled in being different and mocking all that is ordinary and society approved; Rebecca seems to be less interested in the alternative, while Enid struggles to define herself as they grow apart.

Into the mix comes Steve Buscemi, an awkward nerd by society's standards, but content in his role as a pathetic outcast. Enid admires his self-definition.

Anyway, if you like the kinds of characters Janeane Garofalo often plays ... you'll appreciate the dark sarcastic droll tone of this film. I enjoyed the interesting characters and their juicy interplay early on, but grew tired of Enid's selfish bratty meanness. Once the film drained me of sympathy for the protagonist ... I completely lost interest.

Not surprisingly, I didn't quite understand the film's abstract ending, nor was it quenching.

  • Ghost World. Copyright © 2001. Rated R.
  • Starring Thora Birch,: Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Brad Renfro.
  • Directed by Terry Zwigoff.
  • Screenplay by Daniel Clowes, Terry Zwigoff. Produced by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith UA/Granada/Jersey Shore.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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