Ever since "Garden State" received rave notices from formerly skeptical, sitcom-hating film critics, Zach Braff's legion of fans have hounded the uniquely talented star with one nagging question: When will you direct again? He walked the red carpet at January's Golden Globes and again urged "Garden State" die-hards to keep the faith: "I'm trying to direct this spring. I have a project I'm trying to put together, and it'll be my second movie. If everything comes into line, it'll happen this spring, early summer. Now Braff has proven himself to be among the rare Hollywood talents that actually stick to a timeline, signing on to adapt, direct, produce and star in a remake of the Danish drama "Open Hearts.
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As well as making an assured directorial debut, Zach Braff from TV's Scrubs wrote and stars in this tale of a jobbing Hollywood actor rudely awakened from a lithium haze to attend his mother's funeral in New Jersey. While it may sound like a depressing anti-drugs video, in Braff's hands it's a witty, wacky, and wonderful trip through the minefield of being twenty-something. Childhood trauma lurks somewhere in Andrew 'Large' Largeman's Zach Braff past, only he's too numbed by antidepressants to deal with it. When his father Ian Holm calls to say that his mother has died, he finally resolves to go cold turkey and confront his pain. Of course arriving home is like a slap in the face but a chance encounter with compulsive liar Sam Natalie Portman turns out to be a bigger high than anything he could get on prescription. What might have been a labour in picking bellybutton fluff is instead wickedly funny, owing mainly to Braff's tendency for self-deprecating humour - like waking up after a party with 'BALLS' scrawled on his forehead, or his encounter with a masturbating dog. He also negotiates the balance of hilarity and heartbreak with impressive poise, as in a scene where a mourner belts out a howling rendition of Lionel Ritchie's Three Times A Lady at Mrs Largeman's funeral.
Why I'll Never Watch 'Garden State' Again
Garden State is the soundtrack album to the film Garden State. The music that accompanied the film was hand-picked by Zach Braff. Commenting on the selections, Braff said that. Essentially, I made a mix CD with all of the music that I felt was scoring my life at the time I was writing the screenplay. The music in the film features a number of indie-rock artists, notably the Shins.
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