Movies that won’t eff you up: Garden State

Every year a movie comes out that is never up for an Academy Award, is not a summer blockbuster and usually doesn’t star any big stars. A movie where you are so involved while watching it time stops and at some point you realize that this a precious moment where you will be changed. You may even get emotional at some point during the movie because you realize that it has to end and you don’t want it to. Usually one or two of these movies a year make their way into my heart and stay there forever.

One of my favorites of these movies is Garden State.

Here are the deets:

Having just weaned himself off antidepressants, Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff, who also directs) returns to his New Jersey hometown after a decade away to attend his mother’s funeral and slowly begins to see his life in a new light. In the process, he confronts his psychologist father (Ian Holm) and forges a connection with a new friend (Natalie Portman).

Three Reasons Garden State won’t “F” you up:

1.  They got stuff. Lots of stuff and there ain’t no hidin’ it. In fact, their baggage is almost ridiculous but somehow it works. Even with their crap they open their hearts to the possibility.

2.  I can’t help it!  I love the fact that they did not immediately make out, hook up or jump in the sack.  There wasn’t all of these weird conditions that kept them apart (like significant others or some other crazy crap Hollywood makes up to give us a reason of why they can’t be together) they just met and you saw a beautiful friendship and attraction build.  It still makes me smile.

3.  I realize I am pushing it on this one, but I seriously want Zach Braff to create the soundtrack for my life. Besides that I think that he and I should be BFFs, the soundtrack that he created for this movie (as well as Scrubs) is nothing less than brilliant. At the end when they played Let Go,  I just about peed my pants I was so emotional. I just sat in my seat. It started a long and true love for Imogen Heap and Frou Frou.  Pretty much my favorite singer for the last 6 years.

What do you love about Garden State?  What would be on the soundtrack of your life?”

Talk to me.

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