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Ken Park (2002)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  3 April 2003 (Netherlands)
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Ken Park is about several Californian skateboarders' lives and relationships with and without their parents.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Chubbuck ...
James Bullard ...
Seth Gray ...
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Shawn's Mother
Zara McDowell ...
Zoe (as Zara Mcdowell)
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Stephen Jasso ...
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Claude's Father (as Wade Andrew Williams)
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Peaches' Father (as Julio Oscar Mochoso)
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Patricia Place ...
Tate's Grandmother
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Claude's Mother
Mike Apaletegui ...
Curtis
Harrison Young ...
Tate's Grandfather
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Storyline

Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his enormously pregnant mother. Peaches looks after her devoutly religious father, but yearns for freedom. They're all rather tight, or so they claim. But they spend precious little time together and none of them seems to know much about one another's family lives. This bizarre dichotomy underscores their alienation # the result of suburban ennui, a teenager's inherent sense of melodrama, and the disturbing nature of their home environments. Written by Bubba

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Release Date:

3 April 2003 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Ken Park - Quem és Tu?  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,135 (Hong Kong) (13 June 2003)

Gross:

$54,550 (Hong Kong) (11 July 2003)
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Trivia

UK distributor Hamish McAlpine dropped the film after Larry Clark punched him in the face at a celebratory dinner. See more »

Quotes

Peaches: Do you remember your dreams?
Claude: Sometimes.
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Crazy Credits

The letter K is shown backwards in the credits, except in the first word of the film's title. See more »

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Soundtracks

Likwit
Written by E-Swift (as Brooks), King T (as McBride), J-Ro (as Robinson) and Tash (as Smith)
Performed by Tha Alkaholiks
Published by EMI
Courtesy of BMG
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Thoroughly depressing, but riveting viewing.
2 August 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Living in Australia, there has been a lot of controversy about this movie, leading to the government banning it (and even forbidding it to be shown at film festivals, to intelligent, consenting adults), so I had some idea what to expect when watching it.

The thing that surprised me was that there was almost none of the "explicit sex" that the tabloids and conservative politicians would have us believe. Sure there are a couple of shots of erect penises, but nothing most adults haven't seen themselves.

The part that didn't surprise me was that the story was so good. I have seen all of Larry Clark's films, and this is by far the best. A depressing tale of kids who are beginning to realise that their parents, their biggest role models, are not perfect. Far from it in some cases.

I urge everyone who is interested in pictures that may not be light entertainment (and who is not offended by the occasional sexual organ) to try and obtain a copy of this - especially Australians. Don't let the government dictate what you can and cannot see.


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