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Zach Braff, writer, director and star. I just finished watching this movie and I must say, it blew away my expectations. Braff has been impressing me since I discovered Scrubs and I'm still amazed. The writing was great and didn't seam forced, the music went perfectally with the movie and Natalie Portman was the perfect choice for her role. I hope I'm not alone in my appreciation of this movie.

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I finally was able to watch Garden State the other night. I quite enjoyed it. I think it's something I definitely can watch again.

The music was incredible as well. It fit in all the right places. I am actually considering buying the soundtrack. Something I never do.

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This movie was great. I saw it on opening night in a smaller theatre in Ottawa and it was well worth the money and the trip out there.


This movie is at one turn beautiful and emotional and the very next second can have you in hysterics with either a subtle or obvious joke. The movie seems to be split in two parts with the first being downright entertaining and hilarious and the second becoming more disjointed and less funny, yet more emotional. The soundtrack is a display of what you would expect to hear in your current hipster doofus (like me) cd player, ranging from The Shins to Nick Drake to Frou Frou. The music is great but at times seems pasted in because it sounds cool, rather than actually fitting the scene.


The movie is slightly reminiscent of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in the whole repressed/depressed guy falls for quirky girl that changes his life and at times seem perfect together. This movie falls short of Eternal in my mind but does have quite some merit. And while Braff may not be Kaufman when writing or Gondry when directing, he does gives us some great dialogue and beautiful shots that show awesome potential. This was of course his first real try at directing and writing.


In closing it does have some of the typical romantic comedy characteristics, and some corny, predictable scenes but manages to overcome them easily. I definitely recommend this to pretty much anyone who goes in with an open mind, especially if you're a hopeless romantic in your teens to twenties.

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I hate Natalie Portman, but I guess I'll give the film a chance in light of the positive reception here.

I'm not a huge fan of hers either. I was so into the movie that it actually took awhile for me to realize it was her. I think she did a great job (considering..)

But then it also helped I didn't even <i>know</i> she was in the film before I watched it.

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