"Ghost World" Is Released

Ghost World is a 2001 film directed by Terry Zwigoff, based on a graphic novel (of the same name) and screenplay by Daniel Clowes.

The story focuses on the life of two teenage friends, Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), who are outside of the normal high school social order in an unnamed suburb.

Although the film was not a box-office blockbuster, it was praised by critics and has established a strong cult following.

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, The New York Times