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Garden State (2004)

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Coming Out at 6 August 2004 in theaters

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Garden State is romantic comedy-drama film, written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ian Holm. The film centers on Andrew Largeman (Braff), a 26-year-old actor/waiter who returns to his hometown in New Jersey after his mother dies. Braff based the film on his real life experiences. It was filmed in April and May 2003 and released on July 28, 2004. New Jersey was the main setting and primary shooting location

Garden State received positive reviews upon its release and has garnered a cult following. It was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. The film also spawned a soundtrack for which Braff, who picked the music himself, won a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Struggling actor Andrew Largeman wakes up from a dream—in which he apathetically sits on a crashing plane—to a telephone message from his father, telling Andrew that he needs to return home because his mother has died.

Andrew leaves Los Angeles and returns home to New Jersey to attend the funeral. He recognizes the grave-diggers as old friends Mark and Dave, who invite him to a party that night. At home, Andrew’s father gets him a doctor’s appointment for headaches that he’s been having.

Later that night, Andrew goes to the party where he meets up with Mark, Dave, and Jesse, an old friend who has just earned a fortune after creating silent Velcro. After smoking marijuana and taking ecstasy at the party, he still remains detached

Director: Zach Braff

Writer: Zach Braff

Stars: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm, Michael Weston, Method Man, Gary Gilbert

Cast:

Zach BraffAndrew Largeman
Kenneth GraymezBusboy
George C. WolfeRestaurant Manager
Austin LysyWaiter
Gary GilbertYoung Hollywood Guy
Jill FlintObnoxious Girl
Ian HolmGideon Largeman
Peter SarsgaardMark
Alex BurnsDave
Jackie HoffmanAunt Sylvia Largeman
Michael WestonKenny
Christopher CarleyGleason Party Drunk
Armando RiescoJesse
Amy FergusonDana
Trisha LaFacheKelly
Jim ParsonsTim
Jean SmartCarol
Yvette MercedesNeurology Receptionist
Jayne HoudyshellMrs. Lubin
Natalie PortmanSam
Ron LeibmanDr. Cohen
Ann DowdOlivia
Ato EssandohTitembay
Wynter KullmanPam
Geoffrey ArendKarl Benson
Soara-Joye RossHandi-World Cashier
Ryan B. MoschettiTeen in Hallway
Method ManDiego
Joe BacinoMan Having Sex
Tracey AntosiweiczHooker
Seth Michael MayPeeping Tom
Denis O’HareAlbert
Debbon AyerFaye
IceArthur-the-Dog
MagooMasturbating Dog
Janine StrafaciSelf – News 12 New Jersey News Anchor (voice) (archive footage)
Kurt SiegelinSelf – News 12 New Jersey News Anchor (archive footage)
Mark MurphySelf – News 12 New Jersey Meteorologist (archive footage)
Joanna LeslieSkating Gator (archive footage)
Pamela AbdyCasting Assistant
Marc Alan AustenCemetery Rabbi
David BarrosoJoe Customer
Dono CunninghamParty Goer
Courtney DelongGirl in pool scene
James EcklundBored Actor
Logann GrayceParty Extra
Keith HallworthWaiter
Ben HauckSleeping Actor
Jakob HawkinsWaiter
Joe HoRestaurant Boss (voice)
Jennifer JohnsParty Girl
Michael MarinoffKaufman
Ronald RandAd Agency Executive
Lisa SouleCrying Mom with Baby
Michael UrbanskiMan at party
Jenna WillisParty Girl

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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