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Anyone else thought Ghost World was a bore?

The only thing I liked about this dull movie was Scarlett Johansson's breasts, which I now suspect are FAKE! See the scene where she is walking down the street and her boobs are sticking out a foot in front of her, defying the laws of gravity. Seriously, people should make movies about people who have interesting lives. Why watch a movie about boring people who have boring lives? If your own life is not more interesting than the lives of these two chicks, then you have a problem. No ghosts, no laughs, so why did they even make this waste of film?

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Well, unfortunately it's one of those "if ya don't get it, ya don't get it" kind of things, so I doubt anything anyone says in this thread will turn out to be of any real help. Ultimately, it probably comes down to whether or not you can relate to any of the characters in the film. I certainly can, you obviously don't. It's all good either way...
Based on that I tend to recommend you stay far away from Lost In Translation as well

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I liked it. That's pretty scientific proof that it's good.

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I thought this was a excellent movie. Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi both gave great performances and as for Scarlett Johansson; she was only 16 when she made this film, not enough time for gravity to be a factor, so I think you're wrong on that count also.

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The only thing I liked about this dull movie was Scarlett Johansson's breasts, which I now suspect are FAKE! See the scene where she is walking down the street and her boobs are sticking out a foot in front of her, defying the laws of gravity.
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Excellent movie and (still) unaltered.

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One of best films Ive seen in years.Loved the humor.

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The only thing I liked about this dull movie was Scarlett Johansson's breasts, which I now suspect are FAKE! See the scene where she is walking down the street and her boobs are sticking out a foot in front of her, defying the laws of gravity.

Oh, they're real all right, and still pretty perky. Why do you think she's an in-demand star? It's certainly not her acting ability.
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Isaak Mizrahi will attest that her breasts are real, I'm sure.

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I thought it was a gem. I hadn't heard of it and stumbled across it on the Indy channel one day. I really enjoyed it.

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I liked it. Not too crazy about the movies the director has made since, though.

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Also enjoyed it.....the entire reason for watching the movie is to see whats going through someones head whos living that live. Scarlett Johansen I barely paid attention to the entire film, the over-developed lead on the other hand.......Steve Buscemi was also excellent as an eccentric older nerd...

If you want to see a character piece with more up-front comedy and more exciting happenings try SLC PUNK, with Matthew Lillard....if you lived through the 80's and had any leaning towards the Underground/Punk sound then this movie should crack you up.

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I liked it. Not too crazy about the movies the director has made since, though.

You didn't like Art School Confidential?? I wouldn't call it a complete return to form but at least he's heading back in the right direction. I found it weak in spots enjoyable overall. I'd like to see him do another documentary along the lines of Crumb- what a great film.

SLC Punk is very good. I wasn't a punk per se but I operated on the fringes of punkdom in Denver, I can relate!

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Yea, I saw Lost In Translation and didn't like that one either.

I have a hard time watching Steve Buscemi, as he used to be Christina Applegate's boyfriend and he use to beat her up regularly, according to her. I didn't like Thora Birch at all, and didn't care what happened to her, so I didn't like the film. I was sort of hoping that her character would get killed off by a ghost, but that didn't happen. I did love Sin City, so I am not averse to comic book movies.

You know what I can recommend, which is better than 90% of the movies made today, is the FREE TV show on NBC on Sundays called Da Vinci's Inquest. In my area it plays Sundays at 5PM right now. It used to be on at 10PM, but they moved it, probably due to low ratings. It has very subtle, matter-of fact dialogue from a Canadian based company that shoots it all in beautiful Vancouver, BC. That is basically the only broadcast TV show I watch, and it is great. Too bad it is not in HD. The USA censors a few words here and there that the Canadians leave in. I love those more enlightened and better looking people to the North!

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I love Lost in Translation, and I quite enjoyed Art School Confidential (which I think I did a review thread on a while back.)

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I did love Sin City, so I am not averse to comic book movies.

Right, because these two movies are so similar.

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In response to the OP, I enjoyed it, but at the same time, I know what you mean about it being slow and boring, because this movie walks a tightrope. I didn't love the movie, but in the end, the pauses and silences added up to something that all the yelling, quick cuts and explosions in a lot of other movies don't. I haven't recommended it to anyone, because I know that most people who rent would feel about like you do.

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So how did they get the title "Ghost World" out of that script? I would call it Boring World, Loser World, or even Big Boob World, but there was nothing ghostly about it. For a funny, low key comedy with no car chases or explosions, I recommend Sideways. That film had LAUGHS!

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So how did they get the title "Ghost World" out of that script? I would call it Boring World, Loser World, or even Big Boob World, but there was nothing ghostly about it. For a funny, low key comedy with no car chases or explosions, I recommend Sideways. That film had LAUGHS!

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The title "Ghost World" comes from something that Clowes saw scrawled on a building in his Chicago neighborhood.

Ghost World is a set of comics stories by Daniel Clowes, usually presented as a graphic novel. The author describes the story as the examination of "the lives of two recent high school graduates from the advantaged perch of a constant and (mostly) undetectable eavesdropper, with the shaky detachment of a scientist who has grown fond of the prize microbes in his petri dish." The story is presented in spot color.

The main character's name, "Enid Coleslaw," is an anagram of "Daniel Clowes".

Clowes has said in interviews that he chose two teenage girls for his protagonists partly because he could use them to express his more cynical opinions without readers taking the characters as author surrogates.

Christina Ricci was at one time considered for the role of Enid, but by the time the project started to come together she had become too old for the part.

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So how did they get the title "Ghost World" out of that script? I would call it Boring World, Loser World, or even Big Boob World, but there was nothing ghostly about it.

Has it occurred to you that perhaps you just don't have very good taste in movies?

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Christina Ricci was at one time considered for the role of Enid, but by the time the project started to come together she had become too old for the part.

Christina Ricci would have been allot better, but I just did not find the script to be clever. Dull is not the same thing as subtle or insightful. Can anyone name even one scene where they laughed out loud?

I wondered if the bus to nowhere was somehow meant to represent the death of the old man and the suicide of Enid. The bus and the boobs were the only three things of interest for me in the movie.

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It's been too long for me to remember. But is laughing out loud necessarily a requirement for a movie to be good?

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I thought this movie was a hoot. Liked it quiet a bit.

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It's been too long for me to remember. But is laughing out loud necessarily a requirement for a movie to be good?

Yea, if it is a comedy!

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There are in fact subtler forms of wit than the obvious ones that hit you over the head. Ghost World isn't meant to be a flat out comedy. It's wry and sardonic and as close to a drama or black comedy as a regular comedy. I think you just had the wrong expectations of it.

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And keep in mind that plenty of people think that Sideways (which you liked, and which I love) is boring and stupid beyond belief. It's a matter of taste.

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Okay, I'll join in on this thread just because I think I might have a unique take on the movies, characters, and actors being mentioned...

First off, I loved Ghost World. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I enjoyed the comic (which I read in graphic novel form) and that I definitely identified with the characters, who it felt like I went to high school with (because I pretty much did). I didn't "like" Thora Birch in this movie, but I never thought anyone was supposed to - I'm sort of disturbed that anyone might think you're supposed to? Enid is a terrible, selfish person. That doesn't make the movie any less entertaining to watch though.

I went to see Lost In Translation because I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I left the theatre feeling confused because as I watched it, I didn't think you were supposed to like those characters either. Both SJ and Bill Murray gave great performances, but they played terrible, insulting, selfish people. I liked the movie, but the reaction of people around me to those characters disturbed me greatly, making me sort of ashamed to be among them.

I've seen enough of SJ in films and photos to be convinced that her chest isn't fake, but I apparently haven't seen enough of her to be as impressed as most people are. Sure she's pretty, but is she an amazing actress worthy of so much attention? Not IMHO.

Okay that's my $0.02, oh and I adore Sin City but also have no idea why someone mentioned it.
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