YMMV / Garden State

  • Awesome Music: It won a Grammy. The soundtrack was the breakthrough for the then otherwise obscure indie band The Shins.
  • DVD Commentary
  • Follow the Leader: It spawned a lot of terrible imitators (ex: Elizabethtown) so now when you describe it, it sounds awful. One of the reasons for its severe case of Seinfeld Is Unfunny.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Sam's house is a bit of a mess, but you still wonder why there are spots all over the TV, until you realize that Tetembe was dusting for fingerprints moments earlier.
  • Hype Backlash: When it was first released in 2004, it was hyped as the future of independent film and Zach Braff was thought to be a breakout star in the making. Cut to the present day, where its constant imitations, mockery of what was perceived as the film's quirky hipster tendencies (most notably the infamous "The Shins will change your life" scene), and the decline of Braff's careernote  have basically turned the film into a joke. In fact, one could say that, in the long run, this film and its copycats did more harm than good for independent film, causing the term "indie" to be associated with insufferable hipster stereotypes while general perception soured considerably over the next ten years many now regard it as the textbook example of overly "quirky" dramedies.
  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: Andrew, Sam, Mark and almost everyone in the film.
  • Kick the Dog: Sam literally suggesting kicking dogs in the balls
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: How many people nowadays will admit they loved this movie when it first came out? Not many. But they did.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: See Follow the Leader
    • Using the word "retarded" multiple times doesn't help either.
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