• Garden State (2004)

Garden State

Release Date: July 28th, 2004

DVD Release Date: December 28th, 2004

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

Production Co: Jersey Films, Large's Ark Productions, Camelot Pictures

Keywords: Small town, Transformation, Relationships, 2000s, Father, Death, Friend, Amusing, Heartwarming, Love, Offbeat, Family

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Mr. Braff's idea of self-discovery is my idea of narcissism.

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Writer/director Zach Braff has threaded a powerful and intelligent personal story through a genre all too rare today – romantic comedy. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The best performances are those of Portman and the resourceful Peter Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass) as Mark. show more

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