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Garden State (2004)

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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funeral | home | pain | actor | doctor | See All (337) »

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Rated R for language, drug use and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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20 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$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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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 her. She was out of breath after most takes, because she had to walk so fast. See more »

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When Diego is in the hallway at the motel, some of the production crew are reflected in one of the mirrors in the top right of one of the shots. 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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Under the "Make-up" credits....Kabuki (a traditional style of Japanese theater and makeup) See more »

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References Serpico (1973) See more »

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Lebanese Blonde
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Written by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton
Performed by Thievery Corporation
Courtesy of ESL Music
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We all have dreams, I know I do
29 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This was almost the perfect movie. The acting was great, the direction was great, the script was brilliant, and the location shoots were perfect. Probably the most amazing thing about this movie was the screen stealing show stopping performance of Natalie Portman. She showed this brilliance in "Leon" aka "The Professional", and once again amazed with her talent. It contains different humour to your usual American movie and was a needed hit in the movie circles of 2004.

My only problem was a little part of the story that seemed out of place and not needed. This is not a spoiler, it is his friends wealth and invention. They just seemed unnecessary to me. This is a minor complaint and I eagerly anticipate Zach's next work. He could quite possibly end out being more famous behind the camera than in front of it.


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