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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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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:

$201,115 (USA) (1 August 2004)

Gross:

$26,782,316 (USA) (27 January 2005)
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Zach Braff held meat in his hands, to get the Dobermans to attack him, at the front door of Sam's (Natalie Portman's) house. See more »

Goofs

In the restaurant scene near the beginning, when the snotty customer asks for bread, Andrew Largeman replies they have none and explains this is because it is a Vietnamese restaurant. In fact, because of the French colonization of Vietnam in the mid 19th Century, French baguettes are a common staple in Vietnamese cuisine and any good Vietnamese restaurant would most likely have them in their kitchen. 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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Referenced in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #11.5 (2006) See more »

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Blue Eyes
Written by Cary Brothers
Performed by Cary Brothers with Jason Kanakis
Courtesy of Procrastination Music
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I really got it
10 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Movies with guns, explosions, Barbie/ken romance... You know the drill. They can be good films, but it's rare I ever relate to those movies.

I *really* related to this movie - both the main character played by Zach, and the pure concept and analogy on display here. This film earns itself a place in my DVD collection upon release for the sheer fact it matches my 20-something experience to a huge degree, and all the feelings along the way.

Normally films such as this tend to end up becoming "coming of age" stories - this isn't. It's simply about living life, but not knowing why you are living it.

An excellent film on many levels - 10/10.


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