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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.

Director:

Zach Braff

Writer:

Zach Braff
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13 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Braff ... Andrew Largeman
Kenneth Graymez Kenneth Graymez ... Busboy
George C. Wolfe ... Restaurant Manager
Austin Lysy ... Waiter
Gary Gilbert ... Young Hollywood Guy
Jill Flint ... Obnoxious Girl
Ian Holm ... Gideon Largeman
Peter Sarsgaard ... Mark
Alex Burns Alex Burns ... Dave
Jackie Hoffman ... Aunt Sylvia Largeman
Michael Weston ... Kenny
Christopher Carley ... Gleason Party Drunk (as Chris Carley)
Armando Riesco ... Jesse
Amy Ferguson ... Dana
Trisha LaFache ... Kelly
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Storyline

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays an 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Noise pollution was an issue throughout the neighborhood scenes. Zach Braff stated in the DVD commentary track that birds and airplanes were the biggest problems, due to the high amount of trees, and filming so close to Newark International Airport. See more »

Goofs

When Andrew lies in bed the morning after the party, sunlight is supposedly beaming through holes in the curtains. However the light beams are at varying angles obviously from several light sources. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Better Things: Carbonara (2020) See more »

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Orange Sky
Written by Alexi Murdoch
Performed by Alexi Murdoch
Courtesy of Alexi Murdoch
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Good film, Great directing
8 December 2004 | by azbedwellSee all my reviews

This is a really watchable film from a great new young director. Zach Braff, you may well know from the brilliant scrubs, writes and directs this very competent film. Basically it is a simple plot about a few days in the life of a man coming back to his home town for his mums funeral. Anyway what is really interesting in this film is the relationships between characters especially Zach's character and his dad and between Zach and Natalie Portman's character. There is a lot of quirky humour and surreal daydreams that can be seen as a direct influence from scrubs. If you liked Donnie Darko you should enjoy this, yet if also if you thought Donnie Darko was a pile of sentimental, surreal dross you should find that this is a much better and more 'real' film.

This is a film well worth watching


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Klingon

Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$201,115, 1 August 2004

Gross USA:

$26,782,316

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,825,316
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DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (5.1: Spanish)| Dolby Digital (as Dolby Surround 2.0: Audio Described English)| Dolby Digital (5.1: English)| Dolby Digital (5.1: Portuguese)

Color:

Color (NTSC Color)| Color (PAL)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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