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R| 1 hr. 49 min.

Plot Summary
After many years away, television bit part actor Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff) returns to his small home town in New Jersey to attend his mother's funeral. There he is confronted by various aspects of the life he left behind, including his overbearing father (Ian Holm). Largeman also meets compulsive liar and amateur musician Sam (Natalie Portman), with whom he feels an immediate connection. Together with several other figures from his past, Largeman heals old wounds and forges new friendships.

Cast: Zach Braff , Ian Holm , Ron Leibman , Method Man , Natalie Portman , Ann Dowd , Denis O'Hare , Peter Sarsgaard

Director: Zach Braff

Genres: Dark comedy

Distributor: Fox

Garden State (2004)

Release Date: January 16th, 2004|1 hr. 49 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's a hilarious and heartfelt ode to twentysomething angst. Braff has himself a winner. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    What the movie lacks -- a big lack, not a fatal lack -- is a compelling character at its center. Everyone in Garden State is fun, skewed, strange and singular. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though unlikely to have the lasting quality of "The Graduate," it feels a bit like that seminal film for today's generation. show more

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