Zach Braff wrote the script for Garden State when he was still in college. He described that “When I wrote Garden State, I was completely depressed, waiting tables and lonesome as I’ve ever been in my life. The script was a way for me to articulate what I was feeling; alone, isolated, ‘a dime a dozen’ and homesick for a place that didn’t even exist.”
His character, Andrew Largeman, is based closely upon himself and is really where he was at 26. “I was living in Los Angeles, waiting tables. I really experienced this lost, lonesome feeling in my 20s. I’ve started to think that your teen years are your body’s puberty and your 20s are your mind’s puberty. But no-one really ever tells you that”. He recalls “not feeling like I belonged anywhere and feeling long overdue for the next chapter of my life to start but not knowing what that was”.
That all sounds quite depressing, and it might even be. But Braff managed to turn all those feelings into a beautiful little movie. Garden State is so sincere and sensitive. The soundtrack is really good- and was handpicked by himself, “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 movie is from 2004 and became an indie cult classic. I watched it years ago but for some reason it randomly popped in my head. Maybe that means I should watch it again…
Have you watched Garden State? Trust me, you don’t have to be a depressed twenty something to enjoy it!