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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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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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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)  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$201,115 (USA) (30 July 2004)


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

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2.35 : 1
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At the funeral, there is a picture of Andrew's mother on display. The woman in the picture is actress Diane Salinger. See more »


When Andrew goes into his father's bedroom and wakes him up to talk, his father puts on his glasses. In the next shot, his glasses are back on top of the newspaper. See more »


[first lines]
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Special thanks to Anfang Family, Snyder Family, Randazzo Family, Definis Family, Trojan Family, Weiss Family. See more »


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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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