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cali dem

About the only thing I liked about "Garden State" is the sound track. It's annoying that it is even compared to "Lost in Translation" or worse yet, "The Graduate."

blue girl

We just watched this for the 2nd time tonight. I have to say, I really, really like this movie -- in the same way that I really like "Harold & Maude." -- (Sorry, Lance -- I didn't *get* Lost in Translation -- but since so many did, it's on my list to see again and try to figure out why I'm out of the loop on that one...)

Although I'm sure he had a lot of help, I really respect Zach Braff's creativity. Just scene to scene -- where he ties things together -- it's just great. Like "balls" written on his forehead, then when he's getting his MRI, he's got all the grafitti on his stomach -- or the bit where the one lady makes him that shirt and he's standing in the bathroom...I just really like that sort of thinking....there was a lot of it in that movie. Lots of surprises --

Natalie Portman was great -- and I agree with you that you don't so much care about Large alone, but Large with Sam. The ending was a tad weak, you're right.

"The 8 year old was wrong that nothing happens in Garden State.  It would have been better if nothing did, if Large didn't have any big issues with his parents to resolve..."

I have to disagree with you here. The big issue with his parents is the reason that the movie's about him to begin it a trick? Well, yeah...but a pretty good one. His numb, medicated self is allowed to come alive when his mother is finally dead (with Sam's help) -- and somehow we have to find out about it. In the one scene where he explains what happened when he was 9 -- that scene was also a little weak -- I think it could've been done better -- but, really -- it wouldn't have been the same movie without that big issue -- It's the reason the movie revolves around him...

Oh, I could go on and on -- but I won't -- afterall -- this post was written almost exactly 10 months ago!

One more thing -- I also really like Peter Sarsgaard -- I'm surprised he's not *all that* right now -- (maybe he is -- again, I'm so out of the loop anymore.)

scare714   DBK 3DK 187

i think you did a great job reviewing this movie i thought the movie was great but i couldnt put it into words like you did

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