FINALLY saw Garden State today. And loved it. I already knew I loved Zach Braff (and yes, my husband knows) and Scrubs. I think it's one of the funniest (yes, I know it's not a word, but every other way I tried to write it sounded funny) shows on television today.
So - back to Garden State. LOVED it. Zach wrote it, directed it and starred in it. He's an amazing talent. Really, I thought the movie was so well done, and was just the antidote I needed after the meeting with Dr. Cook. My mom, who also loved it, said she thinks it's like my generation's The Graduate. The cinematography was amazing, the soundtrack was fantastic. And, unlike many movies, I would totally buy this one and watch it again. Really, it's the best movie I've seen in a long, long time. I plan on buying both the soundtrack and the DVD once it's released.
And do you want to know what's even cooler? Zach has a Garden State blog. And he reads all the comments, and writes some fairly intriguing, vulnerable, blog-like type things (i.e. it's not just a shill for the movie). One of this posts had this to say about the writing of the movie:
"...the fact that so many of you are relating to the themes and subject matter is so comforting to me, because for many years when I was feeling all these feelings, I felt incredibly alone; I couldn't find many people who were "in it"... going through the mental puberty that your twenties can be."
That pretty much sums up what the movie is about, and is probably especially thought-provoking to me right now, given that that mental puberty is sort of how I've been feeling lately.