Movies: Zach Braff Has A Big Laugh

The Scrubs funny guy wrote, directed and stars in Garden State, a beautiful film about, yes, New Jersey

When we sit down at a Manhattan bar, Zach Braff tells the waitress that we'll have two beers. This I didn't know about. On our way out, he gives a smooth Jersey nod to a table of college-age women. His laugh is so loud, explosive and startlingly self-assured that it's normally heard only from aliens pretending to be human. Braff exudes more confidence than Donald Rumsfeld in 2003.

The lead in NBC's hit hospital sitcom Scrubs had the cockiness to write and star in his directorial debut, Garden State (which opens July 28). The film is a love song to suburban...

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