While watching the trailer for the upcoming Paul Haggis-penned, Zach Braff vehicle, The Last Kiss, The Not-So-Exciting Life of Brian Palmer blog was struck with a stifling sense of déjà vu. No, they weren't thinking of L'Ultimo bacio, the Italian movie upon which it's based, but rather Braff's own disaffected-young-adult-love-story, Garden State. After painstakingly juxtaposing several highly congruous stills from both films, the Palmer blog then set out to transliterate a definitive handbook for what is quickly becoming a genre unto itself, naming their handy guide Zach Braff's 10 Easy Tips for Writing Films About Twenty-Somethings®. An excerpt:
3. The perfect catalyst for change should come in the form of a small, perky, impossibly cute, dark-haired Jewess, who, for some inexplicable reason, is deeply attracted to the protagonist, despite the fact that his personality is about as exciting as a soggy peanut butter sandwich. [...]
6. The protagonist should close his eyes often and meditate on when his life wasn't ruled by the debilitating pain of wondering how to connect with other people, or whether he should get married and have kids.
One could chalk much of this up to mere coincidence—after all, a two-time-Oscar-winning master-of-the-obvious like Haggis needn't pilfer ideas from the droopy-faced kid from Scrubs. According to IMdB, however, Braff has admitted to having "tweaked the dialog a little bit", so perhaps there are Braffian influences at play during Rachel Bilson's stirring speech about the velocity of life, which was originally conceived by the screenwriter as a foul-mouthed tirade against the scourge of immigration currently plaguing the country.
- The Gardening [BrianMPalmer.com]