Ghost World is one of those films any student can relate to. For those who have graduated high school or college, it’s a movie that reassured them that it’s alright to not know what you want to do with the rest of your life. Yet, for other students who are on the verge of graduating, it’s a haunting reminder of the question that’s stalked them since the very beginning of school; “what happens next?”
I’m pretty sure that Ghost World can be labelled as “Daria: The Movie” since the two are so alike. Enid (played by Thora Birch) is a girl who is convinced that the people around her are caught up in a mindless existence and she can’t begin to relate to anyone except her best friend, Rebecca (played by Scarlett Johansson). She finds a friend in a self-proclaimed loser named Seymour (played by Steve Buscemi) who collects records and is just as critical of the world as Enid is. Her friendships with both Rebecca and Seymour starts to wilt as they progress in their lives and Enid feels as if she’s back to square one. Slowly, Enid begins to realize that she can’t fit herself into the puzzle of life and goes her own way. Adapted from an unsung comic, Ghost World tests the strength of friendships, unconventional relationships and the true meaning behind “coming of age”.
Being the 15th anniversary of this amazing movie, I decided to do a list of 5 ways that today’s postgraduates can easily relate to Ghost World, despite it being released 15 years ago.
Flip through the slide show to view the list!