Terry Zwigoff, director of the amazing documentary Crumb
, brings the cult graphic novel to the screen in this funny and engaging film featuring some of the year’s best characters. Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson are terrific as Enid and Rebecca, two recent high school grads looking to stand out amongst the crowd—and succeeding. Their travels and prank phone calls eventually lead them to Seymour (a never-been-better Steve Buscemi), a reclusive record collector who actually reminds me a bit of R. Crumb, the real-life artist and subject of Zwigoff’s earlier film. The actors, including Brad Renfro as a soft-spoken quickie mart clerk, are superb, and the dialogue is priceless.