Friday Flick – Garden State

What:  Garden State Garden State

When:  2004

Who:  Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, Method Man and Peter Sarsgaard.

What’s the story:  After being a decade away from home and his hometown of New Jersey, Andrew Largemen – part successful actor, part waiter – returns to the Garden State from Los Angeles to attend his mother’s funeral. During his time at home, he lays off prescribed drugs that his controlling psychiatrist father and doctor claimed he needed, and begins to see life for what it truly is. In these days of self-realization, Andrew reconnects with his closest friends from Jersey and begins a genuine relationship with a girl who shares some of the problems he has.

Where:  New Jersey

Why it’s amazing:  This movie is a simple yet complex story, which stems off Zach Braff’s childhood and personal experiences. Braff truly puts it together in a story run by unique characters that appear simple on the outside, but offer a lot of depth to the plot. Also, the music selected for this movie rocks!

What is bad about it:  The occasional watcher of this film may find some parts slower than others, but overall, it isn’t bad in terms of its speed.

Wonderful scene in the movie:  When Andrew (Braff) and Sam (Portman) are sitting by the fire, warming up and talking about their lives, which is concluded by this amazing tap dance performed by Sam.

Fun Fact:  Zach Braff played triple duty for this film. Garden State was written by Braff, he held the starring role in the film, and it was his directorial debut.

Natalie Portman

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