Parent reviews for Garden State

Common Sense says

Smart drama for mature older teens and up.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 6 reviews
Adult Written byHonestreviewer October 22, 2010

Good movie

Good movie, i'm not normally into this kind of genre, but it's actually good. Great soundtrack as well. There's a brief scene where they're in a back room of some building and there's multiple sexual things going on. Luckily it doesn't last long. Lots of drug use portrayed and lots of swearing. Don't let these things turn you off though. It's a great movie

This title contains:

Sexy stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult Written bylaurenxlame November 22, 2009

the drugs portray a POSITIVE message.

Alright this is one of my favorite movies.
yes there are a lot of drugs sex and language, but the reason i would recommend it to 14 and up is because that's the age kids are becoming someone and that can be good or bad. this movie gives a great portrayal of the NEGATIVE effects of promiscuity and drugs.
this movie shows that he is BETTER WITHOUT the drugs.
he feels alive again because of love.
i certainly think that's something 14 yr olds could learn about.
as far as the inappropriate things.. just don't show it if you have a kid in THAT stage where they're gonna repeat every curse word or sexual innuendo.

This title contains:

Sexy stuff
Positive Messages
Adult Written byOlivePadfoot April 9, 2008

One of the best movies I've seen in awhile..

"Garden State" is the story of a young man feeling responsible for his mother's death who returns home to New Jersey (hence the title) for a weekend visit. Numbed by drugs his father prescribed since a young age, Andrew Largeman slowly regains his sense of feelings as he meets up with a cast of quirky and very belivable characters, one of which with he shares a powerful romance. The story will make you think, the direction is beautiful and interesting, and the emotion may just as long make you cry and laugh along.

It's a great first movie for writer/director Zach Braff, who also stars as Largeman. As for kids, this is NOT a family film. Most of the jokes, allusions (both literal and metaphorical), sexual content, drug use and ideas captured are far too over kid's heads. I highly reccomend this movie to mature young teens, older teens and adults for a good dose of one of those rare "gem of a movies". You won't regret it.
Adult Written bybrtd April 9, 2008