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Garden State
Character: Carol
Directed by: Zach Braff
Written by: Zach Braff
Produced by: Pamela Abdy, Gary Gilbert, Dan Halsted, Richard Klubeck
Other cast: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman
Release date: August 20, 2004
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Running time: 1h 42min

Andrew Largeman is a semi-successful television actor who plays a intellectually disabled quarterback. His somewhat controlling and psychiatrist father has led Andrew ("Large") to believe that his mother's wheelchair bound life was his fault. Andrew decides to lay off the drugs that his father and his doctor made him believe that he needed, and began to see life for what it is. He began to feel the pain he had longed for, and began to have a genuine relationship with a girl who had some problems of her own.

Character’s Quotes

• Oh… guys? Don’t stay in here all day. I had to take the batteries out of the carbon monoxide detector; it was beeping all night.

In Jean’s words…

♦ There’s a nickname Smart gave her character in Zach Braff’s directorial debut. “I fondly call her Skank Mom,” she says. The film‘s starry cast included Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jim Parsons (in one of his first roles). Sarsgaard played Smart‘s son in the movie, but it was the actor who taught her an important lesson. “I was a little humiliated because he and the others had to teach me how to smoke a bong!” [From “From Frasier to Fargo: Jean Smart dishes on biggest roles – Entertainment Weekly]