A quirky girl tries to figure out what to do now that she had graduated from high school, and forms a friendship with an eccentric 40-year-old record collector after playing a prank on him with her best friend.
Misanthropy was never so much fun, and the boredom of contemporary adolescence has rarely been so thrilling. Terry Zwigoff's elegant adaptation of Daniel Clowes's comic concentrates on the friendship of Enid and Rebecca (Thora Birch and Scarlett Johannson), two sarcastic, defiantly nonconformist teenagers enduring a world that falls unredeemably short of their standards of coolness. Steve Buscemi plays a middle-aged record collector whose accidental friendship with Enid propels her into one of the funniest and most convincing coming-of-age stories in recent years. - A. O. Scott
2001-07-20 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Ghost World