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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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Young Hollywood Guy
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Gleason Party Drunk (as Chris Carley)
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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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funeral | home | pain | 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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Budget:

$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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Producer Gary Gilbert and his brother Dan Gilbert started a mortgage company named Rock, but Gary Gilbert decided to move to California and get into the film industry. Dan Gilbert is the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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References Brave New World (1980) See more »

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Let Go
(2002)
Written by Imogen Heap & Guy Sigsworth
Performed by Frou Frou
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records, Ltd.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great little movie, great acting by Natalie and Peter
21 September 2004 | by 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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