Garden State

7.41 h 42 min2004X-RayR
A man who returns to his hometown falls in love with an adorably eccentric woman.
Zach Braff
Zach BraffKenneth GraymezGeorge Wolfe
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Austin LysyGary GilbertJill FlintIan Holm
Gary GilbertPamela AbdyRichard Klubeck
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Mental health and well being
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Garden State is about mental health and well being. Zach Braff was feeling down and let down in life. Then he finds out that his mother died and he has to return to his estranged father for the service. There are some perfect scenes that capture his mental state such as when he’s at a party and everyone is having fun and he just stares off into the distance completely detached from what’s happening around him. He meets Natalie Portman and that raises the question of whether she can change him for the better or not. Braff obviously does a great job with his role. Portman looks so young in this film and has all these idiosyncratic quirks to her character. The mixing of the depression and the romance works.
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Sean KendleReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Zach Braff's beautiful film will make you laugh, cry and think. A masterpiece!
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The first time I watched this movie, I ordered it while the credits were rolling. This was way back in 2004.

The characters are quirky, but believable. The plot is heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time. The mood is a bit dark, and a bit depressing at times, but Natalie Portman's character's bubbly, awkward charm keeps a smile on your face.

Zach Braff's writing and performance absolutely shine, and his paring with Portman is a natural fit.

The film's soundtrack is one of the best, ever. Plus, this movie introduced me to one of my favorite bands of all times.

The Shins.

They'll change your life, I swear.
6 people found this helpful
Movie freakReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Moe of a chick flick about a guy returning to his hometown
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Quick version: The guy returns to his hometown and has done some growing psychologically. He realizes his father is a dick after all and some of his friends are going nowhere in life and he is forced to cut the umbilical cord to his childhood. Well directed and well-acted. It's like a good bowl of oatmeal. It's still oatmeal and you would rather be eating something with more flavor and substance. If your girl wants to watch it, fine. But most men will not really enjoy this movie.
6 people found this helpful
Ashley HReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hidden Gem
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This was a flick I had never heard of when it first came out which is a rare thing for this movie buff. LOVED IT! It was hilarious, heartfelt, raw and slightly romantic. And that soundtrack? GOLD! Pure gold, ya'll. Not too many films have I enjoyed every single on the soundtrack, especially when so many are not my particular genre but this one is in the top 3. Highly recommend this film. Truly a hidden gem!
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Bilbo T. BagginsReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Quirky Natalie Portman is the true star of this movie.
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I went into this movie not really knowing what to expect. I just picked it up because it had good reviews, and I was looking for something new. It's kind of hard to describe this movie. I think on the surface, and to someone who doesn't read between the lines, this would probably be considered a romantic comedy. Really though this movie is about making decisions to evolve your life for the better, going with your gut instincts, and learning that going back to the basics in life is where you will find happiness.

Really what makes this movie is the performance of Natalie Portman as the character Sam. She is very quirky, and this gives her a realistic personality that is easier to connect with. In all reality this movie is good solely because of her performance, and she kills it.

Coming from a guy who basically loathes most romantic comedies, I think this is a movie both men and women could enjoy. It has the love story aspect for the woman, and I think most guys will really enjoy Portman's performance. Opposed to a movie like 500 Days of Summer which is full of characters with no personality that feel fake and over complicated.

I would recommend this movie to most people with an open mind, that don't want the standard same old love story.
6 people found this helpful
JenfredoReviewed in the United States on June 3, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this movie
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I really enjoyed this movie. Natalie Portman's character is incredibly quirky yet totally believable and fresh. Peter sarsgaard is always amazing and Zach Braff...IMPRESSIVE. Watching the lead slowly change from an emotionless zombie (overly medicated for mental illnesses he didnt posess) into a passionate person as he weaned off his meds...seamless evolution.
11 people found this helpful
Tell Me A StoryReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't like it at its release nor 17 years later - Not Memorable
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A young man returns home for his mother's funeral and realizes that the friendships, he once valued were superficial. While home, he meets and odd woman, who intrigues him. I am not sure why he finds her appealing. Likewise, their connection seems pointless and their time together was very boring. The script was dull beyond words. Or said another way, there seemed to be no message or conclusion. Skip this.
2 people found this helpful
david repiciReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Don't be Fooled by the Movie Platitudes on the case
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Not Marvelous Fun or Hilarious, maybe some minor heartfelt?
It was dry and like Zach Braffs character on psychotropic medicine
for the most part boring and monotonous...I did like the look of
Natalie Portman riding on an army passenger bike...
Amazing? Not!...Zach Braff delivers an OSCAR worthy performance?
Sorry His acting is fine but this is no where near an Oscar worthy film!
the film is quirky but NOWHERE near being the seminal film of this
generation coming of age story!
Andrew Largeman is an unbeleivable name for a movie star UNLESS
he makes porno movies and Braff's portrayal makes you think he's
anything but a real movie star!
Natalie Portman has never been better? Another movie platitude
which isn't true, although Natalie Portman is one of the top 5
actresses of the past 25+ years, only problem is half of her films
lack magic commensurate with her acting skill!
I'd avoid this film but would Recommend Natalie Portman in
No Strings Attached and for a much better Zach Braff movie
try the Last Kiss!
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