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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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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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In the scenes where Andrew, Mark, and Sam are walking together, Natalie Portman had a hard time keeping up with Zach Braff and Peter Sarsgaard because they are both so much taller than she is. She was out of breath after most takes because she had to walk so fast. See more »

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After Andrew, Mark and Sam leave the ark wearing garbage bags to protect them from the rain, you can see that Sam's pink sweater is dry under the garbage, but was a dark, wet pink when they were inside the ark from being out in the rain earlier. The sweater could not have dried while they were inside the ark. See more »

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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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Special thanks to Anfang Family, Snyder Family, Randazzo Family, Definis Family, Trojan Family, Weiss Family. See more »


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In the Waiting Line
(2001)
Written by Sophie Barker, Henry Binns, and Sam Hardaker
Performed by Zero 7
Courtesy of Warner Music International by Arrangement with Quango/Palm www.Palmpictures.com
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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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