Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, Peter Sarsgaard
Zach Braff (Screenplay), Zach Braff (Director)
Released: Jan. 16th, 2004
Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from various maladies - opens up the possibility of rekindling emotional attachments, confronting his psychologist father, and perhaps beginning a new life.
I get that it's cool to hate Garden State because of its approach to the material that is idiosyncratic without feeling innovative or even charming in its own weird way, but it's not as if the criticisms are without merit as the film fails to leave much (if any) positive impressions.