Garden State (2004) - Plot Summary Poster


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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
  • Andrew Largeman "Large" ran away from his home, parents and life, preferring new age dogma and pharmacopeia to good old fashioned confrontation and maturity. His mother dies; Large returns for her funeral. As he takes a vacation from Big Pharma, Large learns it is not really possible to run away from the self; the best prisons are ones of our own design.

    - Written by LA-Lawyer
  • Andrew Largeman shuffled through life in a lithium-induced coma until his mother's death inspired a vacation from the pills to see what might happen. A moderately successful TV actor living in Los Angeles, "Large" hasn't been home to the Garden State in nine years. But even with 3,000 miles between them, he's been unable to escape his domineering father Gideon and the silencing effect he's had on his son from afar. Stunned to find himself in his hometown after such a long absence, Large finds old acquaintances around every corner living quite unique lives as gravediggers, fast food knights and the panderers of pyramid schemes. Meanwhile, at home, he does his best to avoid a long-simmering but inevitable confrontation with his father. By a twist of fate, Large meets Sam, a girl who is everything he isn't. A blast of color, hope and quirks, Sam becomes a sidekick who refuses to ride in his sidecar. Her warmth and fearlessness give Large the courage to open his heart to the joy and pain of the infinite abyss that is life.

    - Written by Sujit R. Varma
  • A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

    - Written by Sarah c.s.a


Andrew Largeman wakes up from a bizarre nightmare in which he is on a crashing plane to a telephone message from his father...

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