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Garden State
- Zach Braff

Overview - Andrew "Large" Largeman (Zach Braff of TV's SCRUBS) is returning home to New Jersey for the first time in nine years to attend his mother's funeral. A struggling actor in Los Angeles, he's been living under clouds of medication prescribed by his psychiatrist father (Ian Holm).  Read more...

 
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Overview

Andrew "Large" Largeman (Zach Braff of TV's SCRUBS) is returning home to New Jersey for the first time in nine years to attend his mother's funeral. A struggling actor in Los Angeles, he's been living under clouds of medication prescribed by his psychiatrist father (Ian Holm). After drifting through the funeral with the same emotional numbness he's felt for years, he reconnects with old friends Mark (Peter Sarsgaard), a gravedigger, and Albert (Denis O'Hare), a millionaire who invented noiseless Velcro. In a doctor's office, he meets ebullient Sam (Natalie Portman), an epileptic whose lust for life inspires Andrew to feel things that his medication long denied him. Over four days, he develops feelings for Sam he didn't know he was capable of, and faces up to the resentment his father holds toward him about an accident that happened long ago. Writer, director, and star Zach Braff makes his debut feature with this off-kilter, unusually smart, self-assured coming-of-age film. GARDEN STATE has a knack for sharp-edged humor, character quirks, and finding lovely imagery within the mundanity of the suburbs. These things combined are abundant evidence to indicate that Braff's filmmaking future is filled with limitless promise.

Cast List

Gary Gilbert - Producer, GARDEN STATE (2004)
Pamela Abdy - Executive Producer, HOW HIGH (2001)
Richard Klubeck - Producer, GARDEN STATE (2004)
Method Man - Hip Hop Artist: ENTER THE WU-TANG CLAN: 36 CHAMBERS
Shakuan - Hip Hop Artist: ENTER THE WU-TANG CLAN: 36 CHAMBERS
Geoffrey Arend - Star, BUBBLE BOY (2001)
Natalie Portman - Actress/"Professional"
Zach Braff - American actor, director, SCRUBS
Peter Sarsgaard
Ron Leibman - American Actor
Jean Smart - American TV Actress, DESIGNING WOMEN
Ann Dowd - Supporting TV Actress
Michael Shamberg
Larry Sher
Lawrence Sher
Stacey Sher
Dan Halsted
Chad Fischer - Composer, GARDEN STATE (2004)
Ian Holm - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Ian Holm Cuthbert - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Jackie Hoffman - Actress, KISSING JESSICA STEIN (2001)
Denis O'Hare - Actor, ANNIVERSARY PARTY (2001)
Danny DeVito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)
Danny De Vito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 103
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543155881
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (language, drug use, and a scene of sexuality)
  • Release Date: December 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Coming Of Age
Drugs
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Fathers And Sons

 
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Reviews:
"[W]arm and unforced..." - 08/06/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.59


"It's a hilarious and heartfelt ode to twentysomething angst. Braff has himself a winner." - 08/06/2004 Rolling Stone, p.130


"It explores a world that is no bed of roses and in the process stumbles upon something very sweet." - 08/20/2004 USA Today, p.16D


"[A] deceptively quirky take on the homecoming comedy that gradually and deftly deepens to end on a note of redemption marked by a bracing largeness of spirit and acceptance." - 07/28/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.E3


"GARDEN STATE is an introspective, melancholy piece of slacker existentialism which rips apart occasionally to reveal belly laughs and tiny miracles." - 01/01/2005 Uncut, p.154


"[With] an easy-going openness, unfolding episodically at a rambling pace and presenting its most distinctive touches nonchalantly..." - 01/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.50


"[A] modestly magical indie..." - 02/01/2005 Premiere, p.108

 
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