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Films that Showcase New Jersey’s Many Sides

By Lependorf & Silverstein on May 5, 2014

New Jersey Personal InjuryNew Jersey has quite a history and reputation, so it’s no wonder that the Garden State serves as a colorful setting for so many films. From quirky suburban Jersey natives to cerebral Princeton professors, New Jersey has plenty of characters worthy of the silver screen.

The personal injury team at Lependorf & Silverstein is proud to be from New Jersey and believe the following films show off some of the memorable qualities and charms of our home state.

Garden State

Seen as a love letter to his home state, filmmaker/actor/star Zach Braff’s directorial debut Garden State shows an up-close-and-personal look at everyday life in South Orange, New Jersey. Braff’s character, Andrew Largeman, returns home for his mother’s funeral after several years and ends up meeting his charming new love interest and visiting strange, quirky locations, including a huge rock quarry in Newark and an empty mansion, creating a nostalgic representation of growing up in New Jersey.

A Beautiful Mind

Based on the life of mathematician John Nash, A Beautiful Mind highlights several locations throughout New Jersey, such as East Orange, Newark, Jersey City, Bayonne, and Belleville, not to mention the gorgeous Princeton campus. The story follows Nash from his time as a graduate student at Princeton to his period of discovery in algebraic geometry and game theory, as well as his struggle with schizophrenia.

The Wrestler

Starring Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler follows a once professional wrestler trying to make a living while attempting to reclaim his former success. The amazing performance and heartfelt story plays out in several notable New Jersey locations, including Bayonne, Asbury Park. The Bruce Springsteen theme song cements the fact that this is a story set in New Jersey.


The fourth comedy film written and directed by New Jersey-native Kevin Smith, Dogma highlights some of the Garden State’s kitschy mainstays, such as diners and skeeball at Asbury Park. The story follows an assortment of Biblical characters and outcasts rushing to get to a church in Red Bank before a pair of angels unknowingly destroy existence.

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