What I Learnt From: Garden State

“Sit back and relax kiddies, this is a new series on stylealchemy where I share with you kind, kind folks, some life lessons I have learnt from…well, just about anywhere. This should get really good, really quickly.”

I am a movie person. Meaning, I enjoy watching movies, discussing them, rewatching them. You know, normal stuff. I am not a pretentious film buff who only watches independent types because they want to seem cultured. I love them all from low-low-brow to masterpieces.

At the same time, there are a lot of movies that come out every year that I never get to, even when it seems that everyone and their mother has seen it. Case in point: Garden State.

Now when this movie first hit, everyone I knew talked about it…mostly because of the soundtrack.

Yes, it is good!

Of course, people would comment on the meaning of the film and that feeling of coming back home, etc.

I put it on my list and then promptly forgot about it.

There was a guy who once told me that I was like Sam from Garden State except that I wasn’t a liar. I looked at him blankly and blurted something along the lines of “That’s not a compliment!” He quickly explained that I was quirky, adorable, interesting and a lot of fun to be around. I then asked if that was the Natalie Portman character. He said yes, I felt a little better.

After that convo, I really made an effort to watch the movie but other fantastic masterpieces came into play like X-Men 3 and Transformers, etc.

Priorities, people! It’s all about priorities.

Until finally, this past weekend. While, an arctic chill settled over New York City, I promptly planted myself inside where I could be warm and watched so many movies that I just about OD’d on actors and dialogue.

I’ve always loved Zach Braff because of SCRUBS! but didn’t know if I wanted to see him in such a different role.

Here’s what I learnt:

  1. There’s a lot more craziness going on in Jersey than no sales tax on clothing and a plethora of malls. (Okay, I already knew this one, I mean Jersey is my neighbor after all) Mainly, because I consider it suburbia and when you don’t have much to do…well, people find ways to occupy themselves.
  2. Yes, Natalie Portman’s character is adorable, definitely a lot odder than me but I see the attraction and similarities. It is true, sometimes I talk a lot and I have randomly tap-danced in the middle of conversations. So thank you, N! I totally get it now. I will take that compliment any day.
  3. Sometimes there is an awkwardness when you get in contact with people that you used to know; back when everyone was a lot younger and had that optimistic world is mine outlook and then you meet up again and everyone feels a little inadequate.
  4. I want a motorcycle with a sidecar. Pronto!gardenstatemotorcycle
  5. Method Man will always play some tough-talking guy with seedy connections M.E.T.H.O.D. Man
  6. The soundtrack is still great!
  7. Just about everyone feels lost in their twenties or at least some point in their life
  8. “If you can’t laugh at yourself, life is going to seem a whole lot longer than you’d like” So very, very true.

Here’s the trailer for the ten other people who haven’t seen it yet:

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