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Garden State [Aug. 21st, 2004|02:23 pm]
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There's something about New Jersey that just attracts quirky filmmakers to tell even quirkier stories. Just in the last year, we've had Harold and Kumar, Jersey Girl, The Station Agent...and now, Garden State.
Coming out of nowhere, written and directed and starring Zach Braff (the lovable schlub from Scrubs) it's reminiscent of The Graduate and also Home for the Holidays and Grosse Point Blank, if that's possible.

It's a twisted, convoluted, exquisitely surreal tale of Andrew Largeman's trip home for his mother's funeral. For some reason, he's the only person who ever moved away; he's become an actor living in Hollywood, but he's really only had one gig. To say his family is dysfunctional is like saying Big Ben is a pretty good clock...it doesn't even begin to cover it (as I like to say, "I keep them 3000 miles away for a reason).

But he passes through scenes that become just more and more odd (an armoured knight eating cereal, a hamster funeral)...but at the same time, is it any more strange than the things he sees in LA? If anything, it's a familiar oddness...And Andrew figures out some stuff about himself that maybe he should have sussed out long ago...But what this film really does best is capture that feeling we all get when we go home, which Andrew distills into a few, spot-on sentences: "You know that point in your life when you realize the house you grew up in isn't really your home anymore? That idea of home is gone. Maybe that's all family really is. A group of people who miss the same imaginary place."

[User Picture]From: effy
2004-08-21 09:23 pm (UTC)
I've wanted to see that movie for awhile. I adore Zach, and he's sexy as hell.

I'm definitely going to rent it when it comes out.
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[User Picture]From: heinousbitca
2004-08-22 03:25 am (UTC)
i think that honestly i'd watch anything with zach braff in it because he's such an effective transmitter of emotions; you feel his pain when he has pain, you laugh your ass off when it's funny. so few actors have that gift that he's got an in with me right there.

but i wanted to see Garden State from the first preview...it's been sold perfectly. and i loved it, loved it, loved it. i think i'm probably gonna go see it again since i have free tickets for the Seven Gables (art theatre here) and it's playing there. and my lord the same sentences stood out to you like they did to me.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-08-22 06:08 am (UTC)
Oh, so very...
Entertainment Weekly has said he could be the next Tom Hanks...and yeah, I could totally see that.

I am so buying it on DVD when it comes out.
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[User Picture]From: kalinichta
2004-08-23 04:16 pm (UTC)
And here I thought I would be the only one commenting "Zach Braff... yum..."
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