Ghost World – Truth and Decision

Let’s go back in time, shall we? Lets go way back – to when Thora Birch was still getting decent roles, ScarJo was just starting out and seemed well, less glamorous and more teenager-ish, and Steve Buscemi had not risen to the heights he would in Hollywood. To the release of Ghost World. I saw this gem on Netflix and immediately pushed play. Didn’t have to think twice. It is one of my favorite coming of age films, and it has stood the test of time. I know it is a good film when a 15 year difference between viewings does nothing but solidify my feelings about it. Ghost World is based on a short graphic novel of the same name by Daniel Clowes (which I also recommend). It is a quiet film, that meanders along, revealing Enid, the main character and her best friend Rebecca as they finally graduate from High School and have to start thinking about whats next. The event they had been waiting for their whole life ends up being, well, a big bummer. Enid, however, doesn’t take this very well at all. The film is a accurate reflection on the passage of time, friendship, art and growing up. Yes, it is dark. And yes, it is a tad depressing. But this is reality. It is how one deals with these truths that determines how life will ultimately turn out. I heartily recommend.

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