Paranoid Park (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 October 2007 (France)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Gabe Nevins ...
Daniel Liu ...
Detective Richard Lu (as Dan Liu)
Jake Miller ...
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
Christopher Doyle ...
Uncle Tommy
Dillon Hines ...
Emma Nevins ...
Brad Peterson ...
Winfield Jackson ...
Christian (as Winfield Henry Jackson)
Joe Schweitzer ...


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 October 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Crimen oculto  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.37 : 1
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007 (#01) See more »


During the scene where Alex pushes the guard who gets slashed by the trains' wheels, the guard falls backwards, so he's suppose to be lying on his back, but on the shot where Alex is standing next to him, the guard seems to be as he fell forward, and lies on his stomach. See more »


[first lines]
Alex: Oh. Hey Uncle Tommy.
Uncle Tommy: Hey.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 15 March 2008 (2008) See more »


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Performed by Jonathan Velasquez, Eddie Velasquez, Usvaldo Panameno (as Usaldo 'PORKY' Panameno),
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Written by Jonathan Velasquez, Carlos Ramirez
Courtesy of The Revolts
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19 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A lot of people defending this movie have some valid points, and I think this movie was a decent attempt at what it's trying to do. In my opinion it just doesn't work. This movie is basically a yawn fest, and the plot is THIN. I get it, he's trying to let us inside the mind of a teenage boy trying to deal with no only a difficult family life, but also an unfortunate and traumatic event. Skateboarding seems to be used as his escape. It has the makings of the dramatic film it's trying to be, but there is just too many jumbled and mixed up scenes that offer the viewer nothing. It gets excruciatingly difficult to watch scene after scene of the camera just staring into the blank and expressionless face of the main character.

I don't know, accuse me of being one of those people that need "Michael Bay explosions" to be entertained....whatever. I have no problem with movies that aren't action packed or straight forward, but this movie is too much.

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