Zach Braff, you are not blowing my mind, so take that smug look off your face. Yes, we're a numb generation. Though you took that quite literally (it's not just an emotional numbness, it's actual physical overmedicated numbness. get it? is this clear enough?), I will cede the point. How your character gets out of this numbness though...that's where we're going to have to chat. Because I just don't think surrounding yourself with contrived "quirky" friends who speak in platitudes, regardless of how adorable they are, is compelling. Yelling in a garbage bag...not compelling. The narrative of this movie relies on your character's journey and on the changes he makes. Changes are made, but why? How are they earned? Through the sage words of a hippy in a dried up boat house?
It's true, Garden State may have been ruined for me by the hype. For the love of Pete, Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 87% (now THAT blows my mind). Still, I can't help but think that it should have been right up my alley. A talky look at directionless 20-somethings? I'm there! Oh wait. A talky look at directionless 20-somethings without the humor of Kicking and Screaming, the drama of Fight Club, or the great Portman performance of Beautiful Girls? I just don't get it. Seriously, explain it to me, someone.