I finally went to see Garden State last weekend while I was back in Appleton. It wasn’t what I expected. Not that this is a bad thing, I just misread the film somewhat. Natalie Portman’s character was a little more oddball than I imagined. I guess it was more realistic though. The illicit drug theme threw me a little too. It left me a bit uneasy. I sure hope this stuff isn’t going on in my home town :-) . The soundtrack was quite good, which is what really caught my attention in the trailers.
All-in-all, I found I was able to relate to the storyline at least in a small degree. It addressed a concern that I’ve had about anti-depressants: They eliminate ALL emotion, not just sadness. From experience, I can imagine how horrible it would be to live without significant emotion for most of of a person’s life.
I still say it’s probably better as a date movie, so go get yourself one. :-)