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Review: Garden State

December 29, 2004 at 10:25 AM
Garden State

Great freaking movie. Zach Braff is officially my favorite actor right now, he really should be in more stuff. First Scrubs and now this, I officially have a totally heterosexual man-crush on the guy. The dude even has his own blog on TypePad. If I was lame and bored and had time on my hands I would totally start a Zach Braff fan site, but fortunately for my street cred I'm only two of those things.

Braff wrote, directed, and starred in Garden State and did a bang up job at all three. It's an original drama with a ton of funny moments. Natalie Portman's character is a little too ADHD at times and the ending is slightly anticlimactic, but overall a wonderful movie.

Nothing seems too far fetched or unrealistic, it's just a movie about an ordinary guy with some screwed up things going on his life. Family issues have caused him to hide from his family and himself, but the death of his mother brings him home from California and his stagnant acting career. Back home in New Jersey, his old friends and one new one help him discover the emotions he has been running from the last nine years.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Braff and Portman have a great and random chemistry together. Their goofy funny personalities match really well on screen. The supporting cast is great too. Peter Sarsgaard is hilarious and pathetic and real all at the same time. Well acted and cast all the way around.

Entertaining and original, Garden State is easily one of the best movies of the year.


1 christina said...

Guys aren't allowed to have man-crushes...that's just totally gay. However I do think that Natalie Portman is hot.

Posted on December 30, 2004 at 08:08 AM

2 Brian said...

No moron, only guys can have man-crushes, otherwise it's just a crush. Duh.

Posted on December 30, 2004 at 08:29 AM

3 Matt said...

You both concern me. First, you are white and therefore can never have street cred. Second, I am having trouble figuring out which two you are: lame and bored I think...

Finally, you barely mention Natalie. Next you are going to tell me you like scrubs for the cute guys.

Posted on December 30, 2004 at 06:37 PM

4 Brian said...

Yes, definitely lame and bored.

I like Scrubs because it's freaking hilarious, strangely enough there aren't really any hot chicks in it. Although the chick from Roseanne is pretty damn cute now, and Heather Graham has been guest starring for a while too.

Posted on December 30, 2004 at 09:05 PM