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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Graymez ...
Restaurant Manager
Young Hollywood Guy
Alex Burns ...
Gleason Party Drunk (as Chris Carley)


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 | actor | pills | suburb | See All (337) »


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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)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| | (5.1: Spanish)| (as Dolby Surround 2.0: Audio Described English)| (5.1: English)| (5.1: Portuguese)


(NTSC Color)| (PAL)|

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Based partly on Zach Braff's own childhood in New Jersey, as well as his days as a struggling actor in Los Angeles before the success of Scrubs (2001). See more »


When Sam asks the bellhop why he assumes the girl they were watching was a prostitute, she mentions a line about Julia Roberts and the door behind her is left slightly open using the door lock hinged out. In the next shot and preceding shots before that the door is shut. 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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Special thanks to Anfang Family, Snyder Family, Randazzo Family, Definis Family, Trojan Family, Weiss Family. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Zach Braff/Maroon 5 (2007) See more »


Three Times a Lady
Written by Lionel Richie
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Very impressed
18 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I would give Garden State a 9 out of 10. The only reason I'm not giving it a perfect 10 is b/c it had a slow start. Besides that this movie overwhelmingly surprised me with its directing and acting. Natatlie Portman did an amazing job playing Sam. She really worked the part. Zach Braff's directing debut is stunning. I had never heard of Braff except for his character on the TV show Scrubs. He also did an excellent job acting. There were so many surprising elements thrown out during the movie. Braff just kept piling one thing on top of the next to make the story more interesting as it rolled on. I was very pleased with Garden State!!!!!!!!!11

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