Garden State (2004)

ZACH BRAFF

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.

USA, 2004.  Camelot Pictures, Jersey Films, Double Feature Films.  Screenplay by Zach Braff.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Zach Braff directs and stars as a struggling Los Angeles actor who flies home to New Jersey to attend his mother’s funeral. He hooks up with an old friend () and meets an off-the-wall girl () with whom he finds a connection in the midst of a mini-breakdown. Visually stylish and punctuated by fresh dialogue, the film trades in on too many cliches (the emotionally foggy boy being saved by a quirkier-than-all-shit girl is straight out of the Cameron Crowe vault) but Braff’s energetic direction keeps it all afloat nonetheless.

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