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Garden State (2004)

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

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Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own. Written by MichaelAGodfrey@aol.com

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home | pain | funeral | actor | doctor | See All (337) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, drug use and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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20 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$201,115 (USA) (1 August 2004)

Gross:

$26,782,316 (USA) (27 January 2005)
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Natalie Portman was so embarrassed about the tap dancing scene, that she made Zach Braff promise if it was bad that he would cut the scene entirely. See more »

Goofs

The first time Andrew goes to look at the tub where his mother died (when he adjusts the dripping faucet) there is a white handicapped railing attached to the side of the tub, the second time he goes there (when he is sitting in the tub with Sam) there is no longer a handicapped rail. See more »

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Airplane pilot: [voiceover] Los Angeles Tower, this is Transworld 22 Heavy. We are going down! Repeat, engines two and... L.A. Tower, this is... Mayday! Mayday!
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Crazy Credits

After the title of the film there are no opening credits because Zach Braff hates opening credit sequences and thought they would take away from his movie. See more »

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Referenced in Vital Signs (2011) See more »

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Caring Is Creepy
(2000)
Written by James Mercer
Performed by The Shins
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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A blooming, Wonderful Garden State!
14 December 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

'Garden State' came out in the Uk on December 10th. I had heard wonderful things about it from friends and relatives in the US - I wasn't disappointed...

From start to finish, the film made me laugh and cry. I thought the opening in which we met Braff lying emotionless in bed. Listening to the answer machine message from his dad about his mother's death was disturbing and really drew me in.

So many memorable moments: The funeral, touching and funny, the party scenes, the scan scene...And as for the dialogue - well, sharp and witty. I don't think I will ever forget Natalie Portman's dancing in her bedroom - just to be 'unique' or Zach Braff's touching comments about what makes a 'home' in the swimming pool.

Even those touching moments were funny; the fact that he couldn't swim!

As a mid twenty-something, This film really spoke to me. It's that question we all dread. We've graduated university, got jobs....then what?

Fantastic...just a shame it is not on wide release here...

One of the best films I have seen in ages!

9/10


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