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Love and Music in the “Garden State”

Love and Music in the “Garden State” (photo)

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Scrubs is a great comedy. It’s no Kids in the Hall, but it is a fun way to spend half an hour. But as a proving ground for burgeoning directorial talent it was untested until its star Zach Braff walked out from behind the camera and created Garden State.

Zach Braff stars as a wannabe actor who is stumbling through life in a lithium-induced haze trying to make it in Los Angeles. When his mother dies in New Jersey, he is forced to return home after nine years. Back in his childhood home, he finds his world strangely unchanged, except everyone is older. Reality becomes even starker when he decides to stop taking the mood stabilizers. He meets his quirky love interest, Natalie Portman, and the film slowly becomes a non-cloying romance between the two off-beat characters.

The movie is a bit uneven, but stellar performances by Braff and Portman and confident direction by the newbie director, the film delivers as a sweet and funny dramatic comedy. Lending their support and considerable acting skills to the film are Peter Sarsgaard, who plays a grave-robbing friend, and the always incredible Ian Holm as Braff’s father.

The film also catapulted the Portland, Ore., indie band, The Shins, into mainstream popularity. While some of their fans may not have appreciated the attention heaped on the band after the film, it would have been hard for moviegoers to overlook the accessible and poppy tunes, since the music plays a central part of the movie. Also, it’s just great music:

Garden State airs on IFC at 8 p.m. ET

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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