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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:
... Andrew Largeman
Kenneth Graymez ... Busboy
... Restaurant Manager
... Waiter
... Young Hollywood Guy
... Obnoxious Girl
... Gideon Largeman
... Mark
Alex Burns ... Dave
... Aunt Sylvia Largeman
... Kenny
... Gleason Party Drunk (as Chris Carley)
... Jesse
... Dana
... Kelly
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Storyline

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 (335) »

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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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20 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In order to get the automatic sinks in the airport bathroom to go off when Zach Braff walked by them, production had PA's underneath the counter pressing the sensors when he hit his marks. See more »

Goofs

When Sam and Andrew are in the bathtub, there is a small cup behind Sam. Later, when she gets up to get a cup to catch Andrew's tear, the cup behind her has disappeared and she puts the new cup where the "ghost" cup was. See more »

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[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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Crazy Credits

After the title of the film there are no opening credits because Zach Braff hates opening credit sequences and thought they would take away from his movie. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Peter Sarsgaard/The Strokes (2006) See more »

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Let Go
(2002)
Written by Imogen Heap & Guy Sigsworth
Performed by Frou Frou
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records, Ltd.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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