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Ken Park (2002)

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


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


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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Кен Парк  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


There is a real Ken Park who was a professional skater in the 1980s. See more »


Shawn: Do you love me?
Rhonda: No.
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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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Shady Streets
Written by Dickey Betts and Dan Toler
Performed by Gary Stewart
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
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A Sad Story of Dysfunctional Families and Teenagers
23 July 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In a city in California, the skateboarders Shawn (James Bullard), Claude (Stephen Jasso) and Tate (James Ransone) and Peeches (Tiffany Limos) are friends of the suicidal teenager Ken Park (Adam Chubbuck). Shawn has intercourse with his girlfriend and her mother. Claude has an abusive, violent and alcoholic father and a neglectful and passive pregnant mother. Tate is addicted in masturbation and hates his grandparents that raise him due to the lack of privacy in his own room. Peeches practices kinky sex and has a fanatical religious father that misses his wife.

"Ken Park" is a sad story of dysfunctional families and their teenagers. Most of the characters have sick and abnormal behaviors, but fortunately it is just a sample in the universe of director Larry Clark, who seems to like this theme, and does not correspond to the majority of the society. This uncomfortable movie is indicated for very specific audiences. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ken Park"

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