Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

23 March 2005

Garden State

Anna and I watched Garden State last night. I loved it. Zach Braff wrote, directed and starred in Garden State. He did an incredible job. He plays the lead as Andrew Largeman, a guy who returns to his home town in New Jersey for four days to attend his mother’s funeral. While this sounds pretty formulaic, the movie is everything but.

The people in the movie act incredibly normal. The plot doesn’t follow some sort of simple three-act structure. There are some pretty bizarre moments that just feel perfectly normal for that setting, and there are some really normal moments that feel completely bizarre to see in a movie. It catches you off guard.

Lastly, it’s got fantastic music. The song that ends the movie is “Let Go” by Frou Frou (a.k.a. Imogen Heap). I played her a lot when I was a DJ in Alaska. She’s a friend of a friend.

Go watch it. It’s refreshing to see movies like this.

Note: This is a rated R movie for language and a few “scenes” that might make some uncomfortable. It that’s you, then please consider that before renting it.