Garden State

Words by Ed Weinman
When you leave a film thinking, “Wow, what a great soundtrack,” the movie’s in trouble. But Natalie Portman’s quirky performance as Sam is nearly worth the price of admission; she’s the perfect tonic to writer-director Zach Braff’s (the guy from Scrubs) brooding Andrew Largeman who returns home for his mother’s funeral after years of estrangement from his family.

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