Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own.Written by
Gary Gilbert, a former mortgage banker, financed the film with two and a half million dollars of his own money. At Sundance, the film was bought by Miramax and Fox Searchlight for five million dollars. See more »
When Sam asks the bellhop why he assumes the girl they were watching was a prostitute, she mentions a line about Julia Roberts and the door behind her is left slightly open using the door lock hinged out. In the next shot and preceding shots before that the door is shut. See more »
Los Angeles Tower, this is Transworld 22 Heavy. We are going down! Repeat, engines two and... L.A. Tower, this is... Mayday! Mayday!
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After the title of the film there are no opening credits because Zach Braff hates opening credit sequences and thought they would take away from his movie. See more »
'Garden State' came out in the Uk on December 10th. I had heard wonderful things about it from friends and relatives in the US - I wasn't disappointed...
From start to finish, the film made me laugh and cry. I thought the opening in which we met Braff lying emotionless in bed. Listening to the answer machine message from his dad about his mother's death was disturbing and really drew me in.
So many memorable moments: The funeral, touching and funny, the party scenes, the scan scene...And as for the dialogue - well, sharp and witty. I don't think I will ever forget Natalie Portman's dancing in her bedroom - just to be 'unique' or Zach Braff's touching comments about what makes a 'home' in the swimming pool.
Even those touching moments were funny; the fact that he couldn't swim!
As a mid twenty-something, This film really spoke to me. It's that question we all dread. We've graduated university, got jobs....then what?
Fantastic...just a shame it is not on wide release here...
One of the best films I have seen in ages!
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