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Gardener of Eden (2007)

Young man on the wrong track suddenly finds purpose and love when he captures a serial rapist.

Director:

Kevin Connolly
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lukas Haas ... Adam Harris
Erika Christensen ... Mona Huxley
Giovanni Ribisi ... Vic
David Patrick Kelly ... Pa Harris
Ann Dowd ... Ma Harris
Jon Abrahams ... Don
Jim Parsons ... Spim
Anthony Fazio ... High School Stoner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny A. Abeckaser ... Ami
John Arocho John Arocho ... TJ buck
Khan Baykal
Gregg Bello ... Luke Scott
Lauren Bittner ... Laura
David Bortolucci ... Richard "Hands" Pope
Franco Bulaon Franco Bulaon ... Frat Boy
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Young man on the wrong track suddenly finds purpose and love when he captures a serial rapist.

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Taglines:

"When bad things happen to good people!"

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality, pervasive language, violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2008 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Tudo a Perder See more »

Filming Locations:

Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(R Rated NTSC Version)

Color:

Color
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Haas later played alongside Galecki's co-star Parsons from their hit show "The Big Bang Theory" in "Gardener of Eden" See more »

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In the Weeds
23 November 2008 | by dvd123See all my reviews

It's all John Steinbeck's fault. He's to blame. Well, Steinbeck and the educational system that validates his works. News flash. Mice and Men is crap. There's nothing poetic about stupid people doing stupid things. Not 65 years ago, not ever. If you're writing a movie and the only substantiation you can find for a particular character making a particular choice is that he's a nitwit, it's time to choose another profession. Dumb characters making idiotic choices do not good cinema make.

One would think that with 5 years of reading some of the best scripts television has to offer, Kevin Connolly would be able to tell the difference between a good and a bad script.

With this film, it's quite obvious that he cannot. Take Clerks, subtract the humorous dialog, and to that add Unbreakable, but without M. Night Shyamalan's brilliant cinematography and engrossing story. To all this, add a suffocating dose of dreariness and... voilà, you've got Gardener of Eden.

On the bright side, the acting was very strong by everyone involved. They did the best that they could with what they had to work with. And although it lacked the artistry of Unbreakable, it wasn't aesthetically challenged. Connolly executed a vision. You could definitely see that both cast and crew were very earnest in their attempt. I give it an A+ for effort.

Unfortunately, though, a good script is the foundation from which everything is built. Without it, the whole structure crumbles.


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