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Garden State (2004) Movie Information

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778

Avg. Rating:

2.87/4

# of Ratings:

339

Genres:

Romance, Comedy

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

07/28/2004

Director:

Zach Braff

Actors:

Zach Braff
Peter Sarsgaard
Natalie Portman
Ian Holm
Method Man
Alex Burns

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A messed up young man goes home to bury his mother and work things out with his father. While he is there he discovers life and realizes there is nothing wrong with him.

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mitchellyoung 05/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Garden State is a very funny and sweet indie comedy with an inspiring message about taking risks. The cast disappears into their roles completely and creates a film with so many unique visual and audio moments. First time director Braff manages to craft a comedy that works on a humor level, as well as on a human level. One of my alltime favorites.

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Snoogans 12/14/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

Quirky independent comedy who's message gets lost in it's ambition to be different.

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Daniel Corleone 08/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

The first time director in my opinion did a decent job with the posh cinematography, hip musical background and terrific casting of Natalie Portman. Its only qualm I had was the ending and the script. Characters were likable but lack the impact and better character build-up it deserves. Some scenes were iffy and the whole point was just too plain. Entertaining in the beginning and middle but falters in the end. A few tweaks and this would have been good.

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PsychoKing1227 08/20/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

This movie changed my life. I can honestly say that.

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The Movie Man 05/23/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

Garden State is an Interesting Directorial debut from Actor-Writer-Director Zach Braff, the sad thing is, it's a let down. Here we have an Original idea that offers Good detail. The problem however, is that for most of the film, the characters do not accomplish anything except for, doing drugs. Zach Braff is good in the lead, but is out-done by Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgard, who are simply terrific. The films music is also good. Zach Braffs direction is just 'okay' and the writing is decent. It's sad to see a film with such hope, turn out to be so disappointing.

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07/30/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

great movie over all

"Garden State" is a brilliant first step for Braff. With characters who all suffer and to a degree feel lost, the characterisation is wonderful and the bond which the audience develops is huge. We all care for Braff's main character as he begins to finally experience life, and we all associate with Sam and Large's best friend Mark (Peter Sarsgaard). All three characters have to one degree or another suffered as a result of their parents, and we can all sympathies with that combination of embarrassment and love.

The plot as well is superb in it's detail. Starting with some good laughs at the start which do dwindle in number towards the end, the story keeps us gripped and involved. Whilst it does collapse towards the end as Braff writes a conclusion containing a few too many conventions,...

Rating of
3/4 

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