Director: Zach Braff
Described by some as "Beautiful Girls with Natalie Portman all grown up," Garden State, formerly entitled Large's Ark, centers around a young man named Andrew Largeman (Braff). He returns for the first time in ten years to his hometown for the funeral of his clinically depressed mother, where he finds himself reconnecting with the world he left behind. This trip also happens to overlap his decision to stop medicating with the powerful antidepressants he had been taking for years, and as such, he also begins to rediscover himself.
Much of Andrew's inspiration for self-discovery comes in the form of a girl named Sam (Portman), who he meets by chance. Like Andrew, she is also suffering from assorted maladies, but together they find spiritual growth, and our protagonist begins to regard himself in a more healthy manner. This leads him to rekindle some of his old emotional attachments, assisting Sam through her own psychological matters, and even confronting his psychologist father (Ian Holm).