last night i rented garden state, a terrific little movie from the lead goof-in-residence on tv’s scrubs, zach braff. he wrote it, directed it, and starred in it, and he did all of these things well.
this story of an out-of-work actor who returns home to new jersey upon the death of his mother, only to come crashing into the reality of the last ten years of his life, is poignant, funny, and heartfelt. the film’s original title was “large’s ark,” an attempt at a double meaning in regards to the “arc” of andrew largeman’s (braff) character throughout the film and a literal ark in which he and two of his friends find themselves at the end of the movie. “ultimately,” said braff, “the title was too hard to explain. try saying it to someone and you’ll see.” (this blogger, for one, is pleased he went with the simpler garden state.)
if you haven’t yet seen garden state, i encourage you to do so. and if you’re a zach braff/scrubs fan, take a look at the zach braff garden state blog. it’s a lot like mine, except that he gets upwards of five-hundred comments in response to his posts. yeah, that's where the similarity ends . . .