Ghost World (2001, USA/GBR/GER) C-111m. ** D: Terry Zwigoff. Starring Thelma Blair, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Brad Renfro, Illeana Douglas, Bob Balaban, Stacey Travis, Bruce Glover, Teri Garr. Zwigoff's follow-up to the acclaimed biography CRUMB (1994) is an off-beat teen drama about two outsiders, Birch and Johansson, who have just finished high school and are looking for a job. They make the acquaintance of record collector Buscemi, a thirty-something geek, and Birch makes it her cause to help him find a girlfriend. Script is a bit unfocused and aimless like its main characters, but there are some funny bits and good performances. Based on a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. Coproduced by John Malkovich.

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