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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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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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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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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

The high school Andrew asks Sam if she went to, Columbia High, is the name of the high school Zach Braff attended in New Jersey. Columbia High School also makes a brief cutaway-shot appearance as Andrew, Sam and Mark are riding to the quarry in the military vehicle. See more »

Goofs

When Mark is robbing a grave and Jesse and Andrew are sitting on the grass watching him, Jesse talks about the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, misnaming the author as Aldous Huxtable. 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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Under the "Make-up" credits....Kabuki (a traditional style of Japanese theater and makeup) See more »

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Referenced in What I Like About You: Garden State (2006) See more »

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Caring Is Creepy
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Written by James Mercer
Performed by The Shins
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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We all have dreams, I know I do
29 December 2004 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This was almost the perfect movie. The acting was great, the direction was great, the script was brilliant, and the location shoots were perfect. Probably the most amazing thing about this movie was the screen stealing show stopping performance of Natalie Portman. She showed this brilliance in "Leon" aka "The Professional", and once again amazed with her talent. It contains different humour to your usual American movie and was a needed hit in the movie circles of 2004.

My only problem was a little part of the story that seemed out of place and not needed. This is not a spoiler, it is his friends wealth and invention. They just seemed unnecessary to me. This is a minor complaint and I eagerly anticipate Zach's next work. He could quite possibly end out being more famous behind the camera than in front of it.


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