Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival Garden State is written, directed and starring Scrubs star, Zach Braff and features Academy award winner Natalie Portman.
In this quirky comedy Andrew "Large" Largeman (Zach Braff, Scrubs) is returning home to New Jersey for the first time in nine years to attend his mother's funeral. A struggling actor in Los Angeles, he's been living under clouds of medication prescribed by his psychiatrist father (Ian Holm). After drifting through the funeral with the same emotional numbness he's felt for years, he reconnects with old friend Mark (Peter Sarsgaard, Green Lantern), a gravedigger.
In a doctor's office, he meets ebullient Sam (Natalie Portman, Black Swan), an epileptic whose lust for life inspires Andrew to feel things that his medication long denied him. Over four days, he develops feelings for Sam he didn't know he was capable of, and faces up to the resentment his father holds toward him about an accident that happened long ago.
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This title is only available on blu-ray in the UK, so it's a good thing the picture quality and audio are above par.
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One of my favourite movies of all time, I saw this six times in the movie theatre. Granted, I worked at a cinema at the same time, I paid for it five times at different theatres. Sadly, my theatre only had it for less than a week in limited release- and I had to go elsewhere, taking different sets of friends to see it. It is a movie about a 20-something character named Andrew Largeman, who has gone off to seek his hollywood invested dreams. Due to the recent death of his mother, Andrew is called back home from California to attend her funeral. Back story: Andrew, known as "Largeman", is from a small town in New Jersey, which is better known as the Garden State. Since a young age, Andrew has been prescribed different medications to keep him happy or rather subdued from his father's point of view. His father being a psychiatrist was the one that put Andrew on the medications in the first place. Out of anger, when a young Andrew has an episode in which he physically pushes his mother, she falls and smacks into a dishwasher, which then causes her to be wheelchair bound for the rest of her life. Andrew's father has blamed him since, although it was an accident due to the latch of the dishwasher being faulty. Coming home, Andrew decides to stop taking the meds and starts to awaken from a life of being numb and for once actually be in the present moment. Along the way, he meets up with old friends from high school, goes to a party but still feel detached and distant to those around him. While awaiting his doctor appointment for recent headaches, Andrew meets Sam, a girl that will change his life from that point onward. Sam is bad pathologically liar, as she always feels bad lying and will come back around to let people know. Sam is quirky, seizes the moment and expresses herself in the now, which Andrew has had little practice in. This is a coming of age story, with love in the mix. Should Andrew go back to Hollywood to follow his dreams, although they might be pipe dreams and a way to escape his childhood-or- stay with the one he loves, that has changed his life for the better, and make a life with the unexpected? I CANNOT WAIT for this Blu-ray. I have been waiting a long time, since blu-ray became mainstream for this to come out. On a personal note: At the time, I was also a 20-something, freshly graduated from uni, and didn't have a clue on what to expect in life. I felt this film resonated something within me that made me feel connected with what Andrew, the main character was going through, that being choices in life, as well as relating to Sam, with her quirky state of being. The soundtrack is another factor into why the movie is so great. x
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