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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?  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The film was shot on 35mm film, but the deal made with the $1.3 million budget stated it would be shot on video. See more »

Quotes

Claude's father: You can pick your friends but you can't pick your family.
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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 »

Connections

References Happiness (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
Written by Danny O'Keefe
Performed by Jerry Lee Lewis
Published by Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
Courtesy of Warner Brothers
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Disappointed.
30 August 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I didn't enjoy this latest offering by Larry Clark. It was as if he took Todd Solondz' Happiness, removed all wit, all semblance of plot and character development, and threw in a few explicit sex scenes for some shock value.

After watching Bully and Kids, I have come to accept Clark's style of storytelling, however I felt that this movie went nowhere. He's usually good at juggling multiple story lines that end up converging in a natural sense, but I felt that in Ken Park he didn't have a enough time to delve into any single character's storyline deep enough for the audience to become engaged with the characters, which to me is a crucial element in any good drama.

When the 1h10 mark came around, I was more alarmed by the fact that there were only 20 more minutes in which to resolve the story than by the incest and murder taking place on screen.

This failure was akin to Lukas Moodysson's A Hole in My Heart. I hope Larry Clark's work will only get better after this.


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