For our next episode, we are revisiting Zach Braff’s 2004 directorial debut Garden State. It was fairly well received by the 20-somethings of its day, and its soundtrack was a smash hit. Quickly, and as is the wont of the 20-somethings of 2004, backlash against the film began to pick up steam. Now, the film seems to be pretty widely written off as pandering and sentimental. It has made Zach Braff more of a punchline than the It Boy he seemed poised to become.
What are your thoughts on Garden State? What did you think of it when it came out? What was your favorite song off the soundtrack? Did The Shins blow your mind like Natalie Portman swore they would? Speaking of which, what are your thoughts on Natalie Portman? How did she escape the backlash? What do you think of Garden State now?