Garden State Movie Review Summary

Actors: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm

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Twenty-six-year old Andrew Largeman (writer-director Braff) has been living in LA and trying to make it as an actor. He has only gotten rare TV roles and works as a waiter in a Vietnamese restaurant. When his mother dies suddenly, Andrew flies back home to Trenton, New Jersey for the funeral. He's been on a variety of medications -- prescribed by his psychiatrist Dad (Holm) -- since the age of 9, and decides to go off them as an experiment during this trip. He has to face his Dad, parties with high school buddies, and meets a strange and lovely girl named "Sam" (Portman) who may change his life now that he's ready.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff), an actor under heavy medication, returns to New Jersey for his mother's funeral. In the doctor's office to get a medical test for headaches, he meets an insecure but charming young woman with epilepsy, portrayed by Natalie Portman. During his visit, they party, swim naked with friends, visit an eccentric on the edge of an abyss, and fall in love. Eventually, Largeman faces off with his father, a psychiatrist who has kept him on medication since he was 9 years old.
The review of this Movie prepared by Ross Wells

Andrew Largeman, a seemingly depressed and highly medicated young man, is an actor living in L.A. He gets a call from his father informing him his mother has died, so he makes his first trip home in nine years to attend his mother's funeral. While there, he reconnects with some friends from school. He also meets Sam, a young woman with whom he feels an immediate connection, and who helps him come to some realizations about himself.
The review of this Movie prepared by Amy Durant

Script Analysis of Garden State

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes Coping with loss of    -   Momma

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing full frontal--women Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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