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Trivia / Ghost World

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For the film:

  • Acclaimed Flop: The film made its budget back barely ($7 million budget, $8 million box office) and has only gained traction in the years that followed its release. However it was praised by critics, received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination - and Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi got Golden Globe nominations for their roles as Enid and Seymour, respectively.
  • Creator Backlash: Steve Buscemi was so uncomfortable playing Seymour he would immediately change his clothes as soon as shooting stopped every day - just so he could look completely different.
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  • Dawson Casting: Oddly inverted - Scarlett Johansson was only 16 when the film was released and thus probably two or three years younger than her character at the time of filming. Thora Birch was borderline, as she was 19 during filming.
  • Deleted Scene: They had a scene (see here) with a visual Title Drop but it was cut from the film.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Thora Birch gained 20 pounds for the role of Enid.
    • The man playing the male Satanist is the film's production designer, chosen at the last minute, and had to shave his head completely bald for it.
  • Technology Marches On: The movie's datedness actually shines and adds a lot of unforeseen aesthetic appeal: a VHS rental store, an adult rental store, personal and employment newspaper ads, no cell phones and no emailing.
  • What Could Have Been: Christina Ricci was originally tapped to play Enid, but by the time the movie was produced, it was decided she was too old to play the part, and so Thora Birch got the role instead.