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Garden State (2004)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Graymez ...
Restaurant Manager
Young Hollywood Guy
Alex Burns ...
Gleason Party Drunk (as Chris Carley)


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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Plot Keywords:

funeral | home | actor | pills | suburb | See All (337) »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$201,115, 1 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,782,316, 27 January 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,043,000, 21 July 2005
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| | (5.1: Spanish)| (as Dolby Surround 2.0: Audio Described English)| (5.1: English)| (5.1: Portuguese)


(NTSC Color)| (PAL)|

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam's dead hamster, Jelly, was a real taxidermied hamster. See more »


When Mark takes Andrew to "show him something" Dave is sitting on the counter, but when Andrew and Mark enter the backroom Dave can be seen sitting on one of the couches. See more »


[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

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


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


Winding Road
Performed by Bonnie Somerville
Written by Bonnie Somerville and David Weisberg
Produced by Chad Fischer
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A blooming, Wonderful Garden State!
14 December 2004 | by 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!


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