September 2, 2004

Garden State

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A simple beauty resonates through Garden State. With lyrical dialogue and dream-like imagery, this is the way Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff) sees life. We are given the chance to view the world through Andrew”s eyes as we closely shadow him during the personal odyssey he must make to his childhood home. The movie, written and directed by Zach Braff, unfolds at times like an urban fairy tale, contemporary yet always pregnant with possibility. Andrew”s journey starts in Los Angeles, where he divides his time between being an actor and a waiter. The sudden death of his mother brings Andrew home to New Jersey and to the ties of adolescence he had severed with his move to California. Almost too much of a typical protagonist, Andrew reunites with an old friend named Mark (Peter Sarsgaard), has issues with his father (Ian Holm), and meets a charming girl named Sam (Natalie Portman). Despite its classic components, however, Garden State is far from being another clich