is the first movie in a long time where i didn't understand the ending. i'd love to have somebody who's seen the movie and understood the ending to please explain it to me. maybe i have to read the graphic novel, is that it?
it was an interesting movie, extremely character driven. there were no normal characters. even rebecca (scarlett johansson, hmm, she's purty), the friend who's working and getting her own apartment, is kind of quirky in a closeted lesbian sort of way (although she does seem to like boys in the movie, even though we don't see anything happening). enid (thora birch) seems like the stereotypical alterna-kid: weird clothes, cynical, sarcastic, critical of others, highly creative, snobbish.
i didn't know whether to hate her because she came off as such a bitch or sympathize with her in the end, which basically everyone abandons her and all her opportunities seem to be closing.
two funniest characters were the mulleted redneck at the convenience store (we discussed how it'd be great just to see a movie with that guy) and david cross as the record collecting lady's man. steve buscemi once more appears as an eccentric straight guy. the other movie of his that i really love where he plays an eccentric straight guy was ed and his dead mother
. seymour (buscemi) comes off as such a hopeless loser in the beginning of the movie, but by the end he beds two different women. not bad for a social reject who hasn't gone out on a date in 4 years! (groan) let me just say that this summer seems like the summer of buscemi. he also did voice over work for final fantasy
spoiler! okay, so, what is up with that ending? here's my interpretation: the movie is called ghost world, and it refers to the people on the fringe of society, the alterna-kids, the eccentrics, the crazies -- people who don't fit in -- so much so that they essentially become ghosts, because if they disappeared, nobody would notice. so i think that's what happens to enid. did she kill herself? who knows. but by the end of the movie, she becomes this metaphorical ghost as she loses all contacts with society, with the world.
so, would i recommend this movie? it's got indie written all over it -- and i mean that figuratively and also literally. the intro sequence is some weird indian rock and roll movie from the 50-60's. what's more alterna-cool than indian music, right? the references throughout the movie seems very genuine. for kids who don't fit in, alterna-kids, this is definitely a movie for them, although i thought the ending was sort of bleak as the alpha alterna-girl disappears on a bus. if you like quirky indie movies though, definitely give this movie a try, although, once again, i warn you, the ending is not the happy hollywood finale, and it might leave you just a wee bit confused as to what actually happened.
oh yeah, there was a trailer for bully, which seems like an interesting movie, but it's from the same guy who did kids, and that movie grossed me out for many weeks after i saw it on cable. one question though: can bijou phillips get anymore naked? that wild child just can't keep her clothes on in the movies!