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Garden State (2004)

R  |   |  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 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

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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:

Large  »

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the restaurant scene near the beginning, when the snotty customer asks for bread, Andrew Largeman replies they have none and explains this is because it is a Vietnamese restaurant. In fact, because of the French colonization of Vietnam in the mid 19th Century, French baguettes are a common staple in Vietnamese cuisine and any good Vietnamese restaurant would most likely have them in their kitchen. 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

Under the "Make-up" credits....Kabuki (a traditional style of Japanese theater and makeup) See more »


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


One of These Things First
Written by Nick Drake
Performed by Nick Drake
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
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life is a state of mind
21 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, for anyone thinking about seeing this movie, go do it!! No matter what anyone has told you already about the film. I notice a lot of people writing that they didn't like Garden State and that's fine, I personally thought it was excellent. To me it was real life on film, and within that real life there are very different people. Unfortunately not everyone wants to see movies that remind them of reality, and I guess not everybodies reality is the same as mine. Even so Garden State is well worth the watching, if only to remind us that the comatose state most of us live in is only temporary, and the joy of a life well lived is forever.

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