In the wake of his success on the hit NBC sitcom Scrubs, actor Zach Braff made his debut behind the camera writing, directing, and starring in this bittersweet romantic comedy. Braff plays Andrew Largeman, a young man who has just received word of his mother's passing. With this news, Andrew returns to the town in which he grew up, where he is greeted by his father, Gideon (Ian Holm), a psychiatrist. In addition to mourning the loss of his mother, Andrew is also attempting to adjust to life without the emotionally numbing antidepressants that he has recently opted to discontinue using. Gradually, with the absence of the pills, his reconnection with his past, and the introduction of Sam (Natalie Portman), a woman who would seem to have little in common with him, into his life, Andrew is able to see the potential for some positive changes. Also starring Jean Smart and Peter Sarsgaard, Garden State was once titled Large's Ark and premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Audio commentary by writer/director/actor Zach Braff, actor Natalie Portman and filmmakers
Not the best video in the world for a Blu-Ray but still a great movie back when Zach Braff seemed like he was going to be more than just the lead on Scrubs. Natalie Portman plays a great weirdo foil. Fun movie.
I love this movie. It gives you that feeling of realness not many movies can do. You forget this is a movie and feel like this is someone’s real life you are watching. Zach Braff does an awesome job and the soundtrack is one of the best.
Zach Braff, best known from the TV series Scrubs, proves himself to be a triple threat as the writer, director and star of GARDEN STATE. Braff plays Andrew Largeman, a struggling actor who returns to his New Jersey home town after a nine-year absence to attend his mother's funeral. Natalie Portman is perfectly cast as Sam, the endearingly eccentric young woman who encounters Andrew.. GARDEN STATE is funny and poignant, and I highly recommend it.