Garden State

I fi­nal­ly saw Garden State, and didn’t like it at all. I can for­give the slop­py edit­ing, but for me the char­ac­ters were all ab­solute­ly life­less, and the sto­ry was like stale ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­er. I think the movie in­spired dead­ness in me be­cause I in no way con­nect­ed to the lives or prob­lems of any of the char­ac­ters. I’ve nev­er been in love, so the love sto­ry seemed trite [per­haps this rea­son is why I don’t like ro­mance movies], I’ve nev­er been med­icat­ed with mood-ad­just­ing chem­i­cals, so I can’t con­nect there, I’ve nev­er been es­tranged from my high school bud­dies, no con­nec­tion there; I’ve nev­er done drugs, no con­nec­tion… And that is just su­per­fi­cial­ly. Every main char­ac­ter seemed paste­board cut-out high school fresh­men. At least, if it is con­sid­ered a com­ing-of-age sto­ry for a 26 year old then per­haps that is why it seemed like every­one was so im­ma­ture to me. I grew up a long time ago. Maybe I’m just grouchy too. In any case, didn’t like the movie.

12 thoughts on “Garden State

  1. Although I think it had sticky sweet mo­ments, I re­al­ly loved that movie…

  2. And I didn’t see it so much as com­ing of age as it was that some­times you have to go home again to re­al­ly break free from all the bag­gage you thought you left be­hind.

  3. Man, I keep telling you, you re­al­ly like to at-least-pre­tend to like ro­man­tic (and ro­man­tic come­dies) movies in or­der to get a chicky 😉
    Go rent ‘Say Anything’
    The ladies will flock

  4. such a cur­mud­geon.
    I’ve nev­er been in love, prop­er, and I still liked the movie a lot. And oth­er movies with love sto­ries. Gives that il­lu­sion of hope. 

    And while I grew up in the many ways these char­ac­ters had not yet, I see many peo­ple my age or old­er who have not grown up that way yet. (sad, yes.)

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