Ghost World (2000)

Rothe Blog Ghost WorldTwo and a Half Stars

Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi, and a relatively unknown Scarlett Johansson star in this peculiar movie that is about self imposed paranoia and how projecting fears on your friends can tear you life apart.

I didn’t completely get this movie. Thora and Scarlett are two young girls who do a string of random things after the graduate from high school, two dark goth like girls. But as the movie progresses, Birch stays dark for apparent reason and Scarlett moves on to responsibility and a job. Birch falls for Buscemi, a self professed geek, during a wretched prank gone awry. But by the end of the movie she has sabotaged the relationships with every person she cares about because she is too scared and confused to let them get too close to realize that she is just as fake as those she professed daily to hate.

A weird movie, I thought this was just ok. More about teen angst than any deeper concept. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to many people, unless you have a thing for either of these two young actresses. I watched it because I heard it was vaguely related to comics, a fleeting reference in dress up to Catwoman when Birch finds a cat like mask at a local sex shop. Pass on this one though unless you’re in the mood.

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