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Garden State

Title: Garden State
Directed by: Zach Braff
Written by: Zach Braff
Year: 2004

Actor Andrew Largeman leads a life numbed by anti-depressants, but is pulled back to life as is mother dies and he returns to his home town for short time. While there, he updates old friendships, but more importantly, he meets the somewhat eccentric but attractive Samantha. As their relationship deepens, more of his tragic background is revealed as it surfaces after him having fled for many years.

Garden State is an accurate portrayal of life in a small town, beautiful and with a blend of joy and sadness which resembles real life in many ways. The characters have a genuine feel to them, not only because of the good actors. Also, the scenery from the Garden State (New Jersey) is astoundingly beautiful at times.

However, Garden State fails to enrich me in any way. It is well directed and might induce a measure of happiness, but this is only barely enough to make it worthwhile. Concerning recommendation, I think I have made my point, but I think that someone (nudge) likes this film much more than I do, and normally I do not have to prompt him more than once to comment reviews.


  1. Martin’s avatar

    Well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man… :P

    Since you linked me there’s no need for me to do that, however there’s a need for me to say that I’m satisfied with the fact that you didn’t think the movie was bad, although it didn’t suit your taste 100 %. I agree on your analysis on everything but the enrichment part. Glad you’ve seen it, though.