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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Zach Braff
Natalie Portman
Ian Holm
Method Man
Peter Sarsgaard
Directors
Zach Braff
Screenwriters
Zach Braff
Running Time
109 minutes

Garden State
A kick in The Shins


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Plot
Returning to his New Jersey home for his mother’s funeral, moderately successful LA actor Andrew Largeman (Braff) feels distanced and depressed by his empty life. But a few days spent with free-spirited Sam (Portman) lead Andrew to reconsider whether his lot is as bad as he thought.


Verdict
One of the best directorial debuts in recent memory - it's surely only a matter of time until Braff makes the permanent move from small screen to silver.


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