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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 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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$26,781,723 (USA) (21 January 2005)
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Written by Benjamin Gibbard (as Ben Gibbard) & James Tamborello (as Jimmy Tamborello)
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Garden flower
23 January 2005 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Zach Braff has made it. Both script, directing and main acting, and everything is more than all right. This is a film without violence about people living ordinary extra-ordinary lives and it's much more interesting than extra-ordinary murders, which very, very few, even in the USA, encounter.

The "hero" has been going on tranquilizers for all his grown up-life and even before that. He's got no feelings left, not even for the death of his mother. Then he meets a girl, well acted indeed by Natalie Portman, who unlocks him slowly, saying the right things all the time without knowing it.

Hours after you've seen this, you realize that here was a crucial moment, this was a turning point and so on. The love story gets a little sentimental at the end, but still this is a film that lives long after you've seen it through.


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