Garden State {It’s Been 10 Years}


Yesterday I stumbled upon one of those posts full of gif’s titled, 14 Reasons You Still Love Garden State.  Of course, I still love Garden State.  But a bit of mild panic set in as I realized the post was in honor of Garden State‘s ten-year anniversary.  It has been ten years since we watched Zach Braff fumble through life returning home as a nouveau adult and not-so-successful actor; Natalie Portman, embracing her weird, sharing a song that would in fact, change your life, and carrying her own collapsible helmet (sans motorcycle).

Garden State made you think.  You probably bought the soundtrack, and listened to it on repeat.  Songs like “Don’t Panic” by Coldplay, “One of These Things First” by Nick Drake, “Such Great Heights” by Iron & Wine, and, of course, “New Slang” by The Shins, will forever take you back to that place in the film, and in your life, where you realized you were part of this generation of kids told we could have it all, but then of course, you struggle to pay rent.*  The struggle is built in.

I know I’m kind of rambling here, but, I mean … ten years.  I still feel like that kid every day.  I still want to be a writer, or a mermaid.  I want to get away from suburbia, live in the city, spend too much money on a cup of coffee and an obscene monthly electric bill, pay my absurd student loans and manage to return home a success.  I still hope I’m going to “figure it all out” – whatever that means.  And in a few months, hubby and I (who I still see as the boy who asked me out when I was sixteen years old) will have a baby girl.  One I very much hope will stand, wearing a garbage bag, on top of a painted train car, and scream with us at the top of her little lungs.

*Or for me, back then, my mom and dad paid my rent, and I still managed to be angsty …. ahhh, those were the days.



  1. Jill

    one of my all time favorite movies- i’ll never get tired of watching it. i can’t believe it’s been ten years! i’m excited for braff’s new movie wish i was here this summer too, i hope it will be another memorable one like garden state! nice blog post 🙂 –jill

    • Lexi

      So excited for the new movie – though it looks unbelievably sad – yikes!

  2. amy

    one of my all time favorites as well!! i love it so much and it’s just as relatable to me now as it was my senior year of high school when it came out 🙂

    • Lexi

      Yes! Totally agree! I was probably even a little young then to totally get it, but I still felt so connected with the characters. 🙂

    • Lexi

      I TOTALLY feel your pain! Hubby and I have my law school loans and his med school loans. Not fun at all.

  3. Kristina

    Holy cow I can’t believe that was ten years ago. Whenever that movie comes on tv it definitely brings me back. Now I’m going to have to go put on the soundtrack 😉

    Kristina does the Internets

  4. carisa

    wow, how did i miss this?! everyone posted about the mean girls 10 years!! This is my favorite movie, i love it, and the soundtrack ahhh! My first dance song at my wedding was such great heights by iron and wine 🙂

    • Lexi

      That is a fabulous first dance song! Hubby and I are obsessed with Iron & Wine. 🙂

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