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Garden State


Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, Peter Sarsgaard View All


Zach Braff (Screenplay), Zach Braff (Director) View All

Release: Jul. 28th, 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.
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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.
The appeal of this film is it's universality. The themes of family and home and parental relationships are something we all have to deal with, like it or not, or we stop growing..
It's the possible romance with a vivacious young woman named Sam, who has her own issues, that could be the beginning of a way out of Andrew's pain, but he's fighting every step of the way, but eventually the true issues of Andrew's pain are peeled away like an onion and just when there seems to be ....


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