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Garden State

February 10, 2010

Every now and then someone thinks exactly what you think:

The ugliest truth: 24 romantic-comedy characters who don’t deserve love

… 15-16. Zach Braff and Natalie Portman, Garden State (2004)

The myth of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl was pushed to its most egregious extreme in Garden State, where beautiful Natalie Portman “redeems” a self-pitying, thoroughly unlikeable wimp (Zach Braff) by inexplicably falling in love with him, in spite of his rancid self-absorption and unseemly level of pussitude. In fact, she enables his bullshit, taking out a bottle to preserve his single, precious tear when he finally works up the nerve to cry over paralyzing his mother back when he was a kid. What makes the central relationship in Garden State even more unbearable (though, to the film’s credit, oddly realistic) is that Portman—a childish hipster doofus who mistakes goofy noises and arm-flailing for iconoclastic acts of individuality—is equally unworthy of love. So perhaps it’s best that they end up together rather than poisoning other, more decent people.

Word. (Well I thought pretty much the same things — in Turkish, though. Not that I sit there and think: “… arm-flailing for iconoclastic acts of individuality.” )

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