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Garden State

Posted by martinteller on March 26, 2005

I can’t really say this was a bad movie, but it was terribly trite, and rather familiar.  Lonely, depressed, disillusioned guy meets off-beat, carefree girl who teaches him how to enjoy life.  Loaded with brilliant insights such as, “That’s life. If nothing else, it’s life. It’s real, and sometimes it fuckin hurts, but it’s sort of all we have.”  Wow, that’s deep.  Natalie Portman is truly awful in this, as well.  I don’t just mean her character is obnoxious (she is), but the acting is flat and phony.  The hipster indie-folk soundtrack is annoying, too (I’m now officially sick of Nick Drake… I didn’t think it would be possible).

For Braff’s first feature, it’s okay and technically it’s solid enough (although I noticed some bad editing).  But it feels like the effort of someone who so desperately wants to have something meaningful to say, but doesn’t.  Rating: 5 


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