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
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Love story with a different take
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
The movie is a classic love story director is from Scrubs and stars in the film also, I definitely recommend you purchase this ASAP.
One of my favorite films. Braff delivers in every way on this emotionally driven script. Portman excels as the quirky hometown girl. The story feels real and very much character driven. Overall, a solid first film for Braff. Also, the soundtrack is phenomenal.
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.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is a fantasic movie!
If you only know Zack Braff as JD in scrubs your awesome, but you know him from Garden State your fantastic! This is some of his best work! He wrote, Directed, and Star in this movie and it's amazing! It's a deep funny movie about life in your late 20s, and how things never go as plan, I don't want to spoil too much but check it out! The "sprit" sequel is Wish I was Here out soon! You should check this first, it's at Best Buy now for $7.99 a amazing price for such a good movie. Check out the $7.99 bin!
My girlfriend couldn't believe I'd not seen this picture and when I saw how low the price was I picked it up.
I really enjoyed this story. Zach Braff sheds his Scrubs persona and does a solid job with his first film as a writer and director. While the drama is touching but not over the top, the comedy keeps the plot very well balanced.
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.