The 2004 film Garden State is still relevant in many ways (and the soundtrack still slaps, as the kids say). It is part coming-of-age story, part rom-com. It’s warm and funny and occasionally thoughtful. The film is at its best when it reflects on the emotional complexities of family and home. In one memorable scene, after being laughed at for not knowing how to swim, Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff) makes his way to the shallow end of a pool where he is joined by Sam (Natalie Portman). Largeman laments missing some normal childhood things, like learning how to swim, while Sam confesses that there are some normal childhood things that she wishes she had missed. In one of the more poignant moments of the movie, Largeman says to Sam, “You know that point in your life when you realize the ho

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