Garden State
Garden State time Jun 03, 2006 - 04:11:10
My Grade: 10/10
Visitors grade: 8/10
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I watched this movie mostly because of Natalie Portman. I had just read about her in a beauty magazine and after Leon, Star Wars and V for Vendetta, I was curious of what else she has done.

This movie is made by Zach Braff, you might reckognize the name. It's the guy who plays the main character in the TV series Scrubs. He wrote the script and directed it, with this in mind I didn't have very high expectations. But was I wrong or was I wrong...I'm willing to stretch as far and say that this is as close to a masterpiece as you can get.

The movie is about Andrew Largeman, a young guy trying to make it in Hollywood, in between tiny roles he works as a waiter in an asian resturant. He's on heavy anti depressive medication, lithium prescribed by his own father (Ian Holm) who is also his shrink.
Why he's on this medication is slowly reveiled throughout the movie. One day he receives a phone call and it's his father who wants him to come back home, because Andrew's mother has died, she drowned in the bathtub. So Andrew returns home after being away for almost 10 years, he is confronted by his father, he confronts his father. He is catching up with old friends and makes new friends, and he finds love. But does he have the courage to live, to be happy, to love, after what he has done?

Zach Braff makes a really good job on portaying his own main character and all the actors in this movie are great. But the one who stands out from the rest is Natalie Portman.
She plays Sam, a notorius lier who has to wear a helmet to work because of her severe epilepsia, the company's health insurance won't cover her otherwise. Sam is what I would call very weird, but I would also have loved to have her as a best friend because she doesn't hold back on anything.
One of the most memorable scenes from this movie and I must say that it classifies to be on the top 10 list of memorable scenes through out the history of movies and this is when Sam takes Andrew up to her room for the first time and they get into an awkward situation and Sam does something completely random and says 'You just witnessed a completely unique moment in human history' to ease the pain of the awkward situation.

This is a low profile, intimate movie which targets an entire generation (80ies) and it's soooo good!

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Rickard L

dateJul 20, 2006 - 10:22:11
locationCentral Wellington - NZ
rating8/10
commentIt was good!



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