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Garden State (2004)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  20 August 2004 (USA)
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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 retarded 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 | actor | doctor | funeral | See more »

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£128,366 (UK) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

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

Noise pollution was an issue throughout the neighborhood scenes. Zach Braff stated in the DVD commentary track that birds and airplanes were the biggest problems due to the high amount of trees and filming so close to Newark International Airport. See more »

Goofs

When Mark and his mother are talking about the Real Estate tapes, when Mark says "You know what? I do apply myself every day, Mom." The shot cuts mid-sentence from a mid-shot with Mark holding his cigarette near his lap to a closer shot of Mark holding the cigarette near his head. 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

Special thanks to Anfang Family, Snyder Family, Randazzo Family, Definis Family, Trojan Family, Weiss Family. See more »

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Referenced in Family Guy: Back to the Woods (2008) See more »

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Such Great Heights
(2002)
Written by Benjamin Gibbard (as Ben Gibbard) & James Tamborello (as Jimmy Tamborello)
Performed by Iron & Wine (as Iron and Wine)
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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I really got it
10 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Movies with guns, explosions, Barbie/ken romance... You know the drill. They can be good films, but it's rare I ever relate to those movies.

I *really* related to this movie - both the main character played by Zach, and the pure concept and analogy on display here. This film earns itself a place in my DVD collection upon release for the sheer fact it matches my 20-something experience to a huge degree, and all the feelings along the way.

Normally films such as this tend to end up becoming "coming of age" stories - this isn't. It's simply about living life, but not knowing why you are living it.

An excellent film on many levels - 10/10.


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