Garden State by Rick MoodyThe first novel by the acclaimed author of The Ice Storm and Purple America traces a group of friends in Haledon, New Jersey, through one spring in their rocky passage toward adulthood. They are out of school, trying to start a band, trying to find work - looking for something to do in the degraded terrain of their suburban hometown. Garden State captures the lyricism of stark lives in an intense and unforgettable story of friendship and betrayal. With a new preface by the author.
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The year was I was a freshman in high school, and I was on the cusp of discovering my passion for cinema. Andrew intends to visit for a few a days, and in the process reconnects with old friends, struggles to resolve issues with his distant father Ian Holm , and forms a romantic relationship with Sam Portman , a local young woman with problems of her own.
Revisiting 'Garden State' 10 Years Later
This piece originally ran in May There was a time when you and I liked Garden State. It was about nine years ago. Sounds like forever ago, I know, but it really happened. With Braff about to embark on his next directorial effort, it seems like a fine time to look at why the new us, the older us, despises a good movie we used to enjoy.
Sign in. A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays an intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew "Large" to believe that his mother's wheelchair-bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is.
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Andrew Largeman, the hero of "Garden State," is almost catatonic when first we see him. He's flat on his back under an unwrinkled white sheet on a white bed in a white room with no other furnishings, except for an answering machine, which is recording a message from his father informing him that his mother has drowned in the bathtub. Andrew gets up and looks into his medicine cabinet, where every shelf is filled with neatly arranged rows of prescription drugs. We learn in the following scenes that Andrew is a would-be actor he played a retarded quarterback on a made-for-cable movie , works in a Vietnamese restaurant, has not been home to New Jersey in nine years and is overmedicated. When he leaves all the pills behind before flying home for the funeral, his life begins to budge again. He has one of those faces, like David Schwimmer's, that seems congenitally dubious. He returns home to his father, Gideon Ian Holm , who is very dry and distant, masking anger: Gideon is a psychiatrist who believes Andrew will never be well "until you forgive yourself for what you did to your mother.