Airing this week on Sundance, Terry Zwigoff‘s sharp 2001 dramedy starred fresh-faced young Thora Birch (whatever happened to her?) and Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi at the top of his game, as well as the late Brad Renfro and always-great Illeana Douglas. Although there are some sly references to more traditional comic book trappings (like Thora’s catwoman getup), this film was one of the first to reinvent what it meant to make a film based on a comic. Striking a chord between random hilarity and listless melancholy, GHOST WORLD is a cult fave that deserves every bit of its underground status.
Don’t miss comic-to-film misadventure GHOST WORLD, airing on Sundance Channel this month.
Author: Dan Heching