The debate has been raging for generations: Can an artistically inclined, moody male malcontent go home again after having turned his back on the people and place of his origin to pursue and fall short of half-formed dreams that he had situated as far away from his parent's home as the continental United States would allow? The answers offered by the pharmaceutically neutered protagonist of Garden State (2004) may not be conclusive, but they are precise, insightful, loaded with promise, and brimming with hope. The funeral of his mother draws a post-teen television hack back to the formative battleground of his youth. Conflicts, coincidences, and catharsis follow. Take a trip to Garden State, and leave a ton of old baggage behind.