WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Enid and Rebecca, a pair of outsiders, have just graduated from high school and are attempting to figure out what the next step of life is, all the while critiquing and criticizing everything around them. Their cynical ways lead them to ridicule Seymour, an older loner in his own right, but as the situation changes, so do the girls.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
From the hype, I had believed this film to be a drama, but I was surprised to find it in the comedy section of the video store. On top of that, for anyone who read the back of the DVD case, the film is made out to be a mad-cap teenage comedy, when that is clearly not the case at all. This is a somewhat darker film, and if you’re not a cynic yourself, you might find it hard to relate to the characters, who claim to “not understand 99% of humanity”. This movie is about not fitting in, and recoiling against that. Enid is mad at the world for not accepting her, and for not providing her with opportunities where she can shine. Enid slowly discovers that the angst that did quite well and carried her through high school is leaving her with little in a post-high school life. I thought that Birch showed a wide range of emotion in this film, playing both the lingering child and the burgeoning adult that is being 18. And for Steve Buscemi fans, if you’ve yet to see him in a film where he didn’t play a slime ball, here’s your chance. And he’s very good. Very compassionate and endearing. So if you’re at all compelled about people figuring out what to do with their lives, or you simply thought that high school was an experience from another dimension, GHOST WORLD may have something in it for you.
Making of Ghost World Featurette: There’s just enough information in this featurette to tell you what the movie is about, who stars in it, and why you should go see it. That’s right, one big commercial. Beyond that, not much value add for the DVD. In fact, there’s not a whole lot to the extras on this DVD. I really wish that some DVDs had the balls to just have the film if they can’t or won’t make decent special features. (About 11 minutes)
Music Video “Jaan Pehechaan Ho”: This is clip from a 1965 movie, Gumnaam, that also appears in GHOST WORLD briefly. For fans of the film, you might enjoy seeing this sequence in its entirety. (About 5 minutes)
Deleted/Alternate Scenes: A lot of the times, deleted scenes are somewhat lame, but in this case, they are the coolest extra on the DVD. There’s a couple of jokes they didn’t use in the film as well as an extended sequence between the convenience store owner and a customer that is pretty funny. They are yelling at each other about the customer’s right to have weapons and go shirtless in the store.
There’s also the theatrical trailer, trailers for THE PRINCESS BRIDE, THE TERMINATOR, and a promo spot for GHOST WORLD soundtrack. Scintillating.
The movie itself is quite good and has a strong message about simultaneously wanting a good life, but being cynical about it at the same time. The extras on the DVD are lacking. A tiny featurette, a video clip from a movie, deleted scenes and commercials for other films? C’mon. But Birch is amazing, really coming into her own. Definite rental and possible purchase if you can find it discounted somewhere.