Ghost World (2001)

The pioneering film portrait of a distinctive, universal, and heretofore ignored teenage social class: the bitter, frumpy, snobbish, willfully unpopular “weirdos,” self-defined only in their disdainful opposition to their peers. It’s a state that often provides for a certain amount of lostness after graduation, which is what the heroines of Daniel Clowes’s graphic novel and Terry Zwigoff’s acerbic movie struggle with: the vacuum left once they’re left to their own devices. Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson are pitch perfect in what amounts to an act of modern anthropology—the rescuing of a lovable misfit-teen type from obscurity. With Steve Buscemi.

Cover art for Ghost World, the 2001 film adapt...
Cover art for Ghost World, the 2001 film adaptation starring Thora Birch as Enid (right) and Scarlett Johansson as Rebecca (left) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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