Movie review of The Garden State
Saw Garden State, on DVD, which starred and was written and directed by Zach Braff.
It's about a guy who's an aspiring actor in Los Angeles, who comes back to his hometown in New Jersey for a few days for the funeral of his mother. While he's back in town he re-connects with some of his high-school friends, and meets a love interest (played by Natalie Portman). A very young Jim Parsons has a small part.
Most of the characters are likeable enough, and I was curious enough to see how it ended – and it basically had a happy ending, of which I typically approve.
Zach Braff said that he intentionally made a move that didn't have three acts with the traditional pacing – and I'd have to say that he succeeded: the movie is fairly low-key, and it putters along.
I'd heard about the movie over the years, and I'd always been mildly curious – and now I've seen it. So, yup.
It's worth seeing once, as it's pleasant enough, and once you've seen it you can say “Oh, yeah – I've seen it” if the movie comes up in conversation.
Some cussing, some drug use, some hints of sex. No nudity or violence that I recall.