Garden State


D: Zach Braff

Miramax/Fox Searchlight/Camelot/Jersey Films (Gary Gilbert, Dan Halsted, Pamela Abdy & Richard Klubeck)

USA 🇺🇸 2004

102 mins 


W: Zach Braff

DP: Lawrence Sher

Ed: Myron Kerstein

Mus: Chad Fisher

Zach Braff (Andrew Largeman), Natalie Portman (Samantha), Peter Sarsgaard (Mark), Ian Holm (Gideon Largeman), Jean Smart (Carol)

With his popularity soaring due to the television sitcom Scrubs, Zach Braff wrote, directed and stars in this charming semi-autobiographical comic drama in his native New Jersey.

He plays a depressed Hollywood actor who returns home following the death of his mother and reunites with some friends and family for the first time since his departure and also finds time to embark on a romantic relationship with Samantha, who seems to be the only person about town who empathises with him.

Braff's script is reasonably well-written, with quirky characters and sharp dialogue, but the plot of the film is all quite sketchy, like a series of skits which don't quite all tie together particularly neatly. It's still worth a watch though.


Natalie Portman & Zach Braff in Garden State
Natalie Portman & Zach Braff in Garden State