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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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Storyline

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 (336) »

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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) (30 July 2004)

Gross:

$26,781,723 (USA) (21 January 2005)
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Trivia

Sam (Natalie Portman) says she works at a law office, but in Andrew's 4-day visit you never see or hear about her going to work. See more »

Goofs

At a Jewish funeral, the casket would be lowered completely into the ground. The first shovel full of dirt would be lifted with the shovel head upside down to show reluctance to fulfill the mitzvah of burying the dead. After the first throw of dirt, the shovel is turned right side up and used. Then it is passed to others and the family and friends do most of the refilling. When Andrew's father is putting the dirt on the casket it is above ground and he has the shovel right side up. See more »

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[first lines]
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 Saturday Night Live: Zach Braff/Maroon 5 (2007) See more »

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Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You
Written by Colin Hay
Performed by Colin Hay
Courtesy of Lazy Eye Records America, Inc.
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Great little movie, great acting by Natalie and Peter
21 September 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A very promising film debut by Zach Braff.

The plot isn't all that original, the movie isn't all that flawless, but "Garden State" has a unique and sincere quality which make it totally differ from other flicks. In short, this movie is "real" and sensational.

Let's not forget about the acting. Zach was lucky enough to have two of the very best young actors starring in his movie: Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard. Especially Nat Portman, her Sam is so lovable that I just want to give her a big huge. Her smile lights up the screen. NP's character and acting are definitely the highlights of "Garden State".

8 out of 10. Very touching.


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