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A teenage skateboarder's life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabe Nevins ...
Daniel Liu ...
Detective Richard Lu (as Dan Liu)
Jake Miller ...
Jared
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Lauren McKinney ...
Scott Patrick Green ...
Scratch (as Scott Green)
John Michael Burrowes ...
Security Guard (as John 'Mike' Burrowes)
Grace Carter ...
Alex's Mom
Jay 'Smay' Williamson ...
Alex's Dad
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Uncle Tommy
Dillon Hines ...
Henry
Emma Nevins ...
Paisley
Brad Peterson ...
Jolt
Winfield Jackson ...
Christian (as Winfield Henry Jackson)
Joe Schweitzer ...
Paul
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Storyline

The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for some disturbing images, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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24 October 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Crimen oculto  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$29,828 (USA) (7 March 2008)

Gross:

$486,021 (USA) (6 June 2008)
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Trivia

Gus Van Sant:  Makes an appearance in the coffee shop scene, reading a newspaper. See more »

Goofs

When Alex goes to Rebel Skates he gets a board with white wheels. Later after the scene where Alex and Jennifer discusses to buy condoms, the board Alex carries is a different board with green wheels. Later he has the board with white wheels again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex: Oh. Hey Uncle Tommy.
Uncle Tommy: Hey.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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We Will Revolt
Performed by Jonathan Velasquez, Eddie Velasquez, Usvaldo Panameno (as Usaldo 'PORKY' Panameno),
Carlos Ramirez, Luis Rojas-Salgado (as Luis Salgado)
Written by Jonathan Velasquez, Carlos Ramirez
Courtesy of The Revolts
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Mop-top stuff from Gus Van Sant…
27 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After turning his back on the mainstream 6 years ago with his striking yet spurned two-man tale, Gerry, acclaimed writer/director Gus Van Sant delivers once more in refined style with his own eccentric yet poignant spin on the teen' movie genre.

Adapted from Blake Nelson's best selling novel and shot masterfully in Van Sant's hometown of Portland, Paranoid Park hinges on an act of acute violence. Alex (Gabe Nevins) is a confused schoolboy skater whose life hits the bricks following his role in the death of a local security guard. The film itself, then, is largely told from Alex's perspective as he goes back and forth in his mind and notebook in an attempt to vindicate his tainted conscious and make sense of why and how things happened the way they did.

With the chronology of the omniscient narrative skewed and certain scenes misleading, Paranoid Park establishes a near perfect balance between form and content. The naivety and confusion stirring behind Nevins' infantile eyes are both complimented and mirrored by the structure of the plot. In his feature debut, Nevins gives a modest performance of troubled teen' in whom thoughts of; family, divorce, sex, skating, school and murder suffer a succession of high-speed collisions. At the age of just 15, Nevins' not only performs with a quality beyond his tender years and experience, but provides a leading performance that is as convincing as it is impressive.

As for Van Sant, his tight film-making skills are exhibited throughout in what has to be considered as an experimental picture wherein an uncanny blend of hand-held, slow-mo' scenic inter-cuts, out-of-sync shots and mellow off-screen alternative music carve a moody yet nonchalant atmosphere that at times suggests that this is an independent crime-mystery drama, at others: a tale of boy becomes man. Whatever it is, it brings to mind the likes of Memento and Brick. Hence, it is simply brilliant. Mystifying, moving and quite majestic. Paranoid Park is one of this year's most haunting and interesting features that ranks amidst Van Sant's finest work to date. Good Will Hunting? Not quite. But for such a question to prompt a pause for thought says a lot. See this.


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