Andrew Largeman shuffles through life in a lithium-induced coma until his mother’s death inspires a vacation from the pills to see what might happen. When he meets Sam, her warmth and fearlessness give him the courage to open his heart to the joy and pain of the infinite abyss that is life
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This movie has gotten an insane amount of backlash since it's release. I remember watching it on a whim around 2005 and loving it unabashedly. Now, I'm older, more mature, more versed in cinema and fully aware of Garden State's flaws, contrivances, pretensions, what have you - but I still enjoy it.
By far the most embarrasing Manic Pixie Dream Girl -characters in film ever, played by the completely overrated Natalie Portman. A muse with no ambitions, feelings or life of her own, with only purpose of existance to please the man.
Exactly what a depressed and bored egocentric guy needs to feel better, so he can continue to do wathever his depression kept him from.
I blacked out most of this film [it was that bad], but one truly gruesome memory remains of the infamous indie-Shins revelation scene -the objective correlative to the film, which overshadowed how senseless and unmemorable the rest of the picture was.
Had some funny moments. The film turns into a big eye roller once the third act starts. It tries to hard to be something that it's not. Its attempts at being melodramatic comes off very whiny and reaching. It's not the worst thing in the world.