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Garden State (2004)

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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.


Zach Braff


Zach Braff
3,875 ( 273)
13 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Braff ... Andrew Largeman
Kenneth Graymez Kenneth Graymez ... Busboy
George C. Wolfe ... Restaurant Manager
Austin Lysy ... Waiter
Gary Gilbert ... Young Hollywood Guy
Jill Flint ... Obnoxious Girl
Ian Holm ... Gideon Largeman
Peter Sarsgaard ... Mark
Alex Burns Alex Burns ... Dave
Jackie Hoffman ... Aunt Sylvia Largeman
Michael Weston ... Kenny
Christopher Carley ... Gleason Party Drunk (as Chris Carley)
Armando Riesco ... Jesse
Amy Ferguson ... Dana
Trisha LaFache ... Kelly


Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays an 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 MichaelAGodfrey@aol.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Large See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$201,115, 1 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,782,316, 27 January 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,043,000, 21 July 2005
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (5.1: Spanish)| Dolby Digital (as Dolby Surround 2.0: Audio Described English)| Dolby Digital (5.1: English)| Dolby Digital (5.1: Portuguese)


Color (NTSC Color)| Color (PAL)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cue for the seeing-eye dog to mount was, "Love 'em up", while the cue for the dog to start humping was, "Who's your bitch?" See more »


In the first shot of the phone in Andrew's bedroom, the antennas are down. In the next (wide) shot, they are both up. See more »


[first lines]
Airplane pilot: [voiceover] 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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Crazy Credits

Under the "Make-up" credits....Kabuki (a traditional style of Japanese theater and makeup) See more »


References Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) See more »


One of These Things First
Written by Nick Drake
Performed by Nick Drake
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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An Unpolished Movie With Blatant First-Timer Mistakes
28 August 2004 | by mzazaianSee all my reviews

Perhaps the most notable and visible issue with this film is the narrative structure. The writing is done in a sort of encounter-to-encounter style, like a layman's Odyssey. I feel though that this is not a result of a specific film styling but rather poor writing on the part of Zach Braff, who, mind you, is not the Epstein brothers (of Casablanca fame) but rather a TV actor who is breaking into the big screen for the first time. As a result, plot weaving becomes non-existent, and character development, even in the case of Large (the main character) is shallow and doesn't really show much change, or rather, the script doesn't provide an opportunity for change. When he then has an epiphany at the end of the film, a terribly contrived moment, he praddles off everything that he already knew as if it were terribly profound, and the moment entirely misses.

Also, characters, specifically Large, seem to go off on philosophical tangents which are neither profound nor insightful, but seem to be what he really wants the audience to derive from his movie. In this classic case of "Telling" instead of "showing," I personally was annoyed as I felt that as an intelligent viewer I didn't need to be spoon-fed these ideas but rather, as in any well-written movie or literary piece, could have derived them from the work itself without them being thrown into my face.

Please keep in mind that this was something of a Devil's advocate opinion as I did enjoy parts of the film, and certainly recommend it above most of the other films in theaters now.

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