Terry Zwigoff (Crumb) brilliantly negotiates the shift to fiction filmmaking in a very personal adaptation of the Daniel Clowes comic book, which either captures with uncanny precision what it's like to be a teenage girl in this country or fooled me utterly into thinking it does. Thora Birch (American Beauty) plays Enid, a comic book artist who plans to share an apartment with her best friend Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) and befriends Seymour (Steve Buscemi), a lonely, much older collector of rare blues and jazz 78s, shortly after she almost graduates from high school. To get a diploma, she has to take an art course over the summer, and our glimpses of this add up to the funniest portrait of American “art appreciation” I've ever seen. Never predictable, this movie is often hilarious as well as touching, subtly adapting the mise en scene of Clowes's original without being fancy or obtrusive about it. With Brad Renfro and Bob Balaban.
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Writer: Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes
Producer: Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith, Pippa Cross, Janette Day and Barbara Hall
Cast: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Brad Renfro, Illeana Douglas, Bob Balaban, Stacey Travis, Debra Azar, Rini Bell, Tom McGowan, Ashley Peldon, Marc Vann, David Cross, Dylan Jones, Charles Schneider, Sid Garza-Hillman and Teri Garr