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

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Gus Van Sant (screenplay)
Blake Nelson (novel)
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Release Date:
24 October 2007 (Belgium) See more »
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Plot:
A teenage skateboarder's life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Has both strengths and weaknesses See more (101 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Gabe Nevins ... Alex
Daniel Liu ... Detective Richard Lu (as Dan Liu)
Jake Miller ... Jared

Taylor Momsen ... Jennifer
Lauren McKinney ... Macy
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 ... Henry
Emma Nevins ... Paisley
Brad Peterson ... Jolt
Winfield Jackson ... Christian (as Winfield Henry Jackson)
Joe Schweitzer ... Paul
Oliver Garnier ... Cal

Mubarak Ra'oof ... Ryan / Skateboarder
Eric Anderson ... Other Kid #1
Jeremy Anderson ... Other Kid #2
Addison Owen ... Another Kid #1
Richard Miller ... Detective #2

Emily Galash ... Rachel
Esther Vaca ... Elizabeth Goulet
Jordy Weimer ... Elizabeth's Friend
Andres Alcala ... Police Officer (as Andrés Alcalá)
Paul Dolbey ... Police Officer #2
Susan Ploetz ... Ms. Adams

M. Blash ... Math Teacher (as M Blash)
John Pearson-Denning ... Science Teacher
Chester Stallings ... Skate Shop Employee
Nick Culbertson ... Cafeteria Kid
Ken Boddie ... News Anchor
Amanda Winkler ... Café Girl
Ben Burrowes ... Waiter
Chrissy Conant ... Phone Operator (voice)
Sage Bolyard ... Skateboarder
Chuck Willis ... Skateboarder

Danny Minnick ... Skateboarder
Francisco Pedrasa ... Skateboarder (as Francisco Kico Pedrasa)
Tanner Kewley ... Skateboarder
Adam Kiedrowski ... Skateboarder
Bodhi Briggs ... Skateboarder
Tristan Brillanceau-Lewis ... Skateboarder
Kyle Davis ... Skateboarder
Michael Davis ... Skateboarder
Spencer Crimin ... Skateboarder
LeShaun Williams ... Skateboarder
Spencer Brillanceau-Lewis ... Skateboarder
Diya Ra'oof ... Skateboarder
Elbert Garner ... Skateboarder
Kevin Nickoloff ... Skateboarder
Rick Charnoski ... Skateboarder
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gus Van Sant ... Guy reading newspaper (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Directed by
Gus Van Sant 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Gus Van Sant (screenplay)

Blake Nelson (novel)

Produced by
David Allen Cress .... producer (as David Cress)
Neil Kopp .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
Rain Li  (as Rain Kathy Li)
 
Film Editing by
Gus Van Sant 
 
Casting by
Lana Veenker 
 
Art Direction by
John Pearson-Denning 
 
Set Decoration by
Sean Fong 
 
Costume Design by
Chapin Simpson 
 
Makeup Department
David Atherton .... special makeup effects artist
Kristenlee Morton .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Brett Cranford .... unit production manager
Claire Dornoy .... administrative production manager
Rahma Goubar .... post-production supervisor
Mark Pedante .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kyle LeMire .... second assistant director
Jonas Spaccarotelli .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jenelle Giordano .... set dresser
Adam Johnson .... art department
Drew Pinniger .... property master
Dan Schaefer .... storyboard artist: previsualizations for special effects
 
Sound Department
Felix Andrew .... sound mixer
Yannick Boulot .... sound mix technician
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Vincent Cosson .... sound re-recording mixer
Noah Davis .... additional adr recordist
Philippe Dongé .... sound mix technician
Eric Ferret .... foley mixer
Johann Nallet .... sound recordist
Francis Perrard .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Francis Pereard)
Neil Riha .... second sound mixer
Benjamin Rosier .... assistant sound editor
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer
Franck Tassel .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Solomon Burbridge .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Shirak Agresta .... digital compositor
Ray DiCarlo .... visual effects executive producer (as Ray Di Carlo)
Tarn Fox .... digital compositor
Jalal Jemison .... digital effects artist
Brian Kinkley .... digital compositor
Zach Lewis .... visual effects coordinator
Tsui Ling Toomer .... visual effects producer
Peter Vickery .... digital compositor
Jon Weigand .... visual effects editor
Chel White .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Barbee .... first assistant camera
Christopher Blauvelt .... first assistant camera (as Chris Blauvelt)
Tyson Carpenter .... additional electrician
Kyril Cvetkov .... assistant camera
Paul Fanning .... electrician
T.G. Firestone .... assistant camera
Bruce 'Sarge' Fleskes .... gaffer
Andrew Gallegos .... electrician
Nate Goodman .... camera loader
Scott Patrick Green .... still photographer
Mike Hanauska .... additional electrician (as Michael Hanauska)
Steve Hubert .... additional electrician
Brent Lawson .... best boy grip
Brian C. Lawson .... grip
Bruce Lawson .... key grip
Stephen MacDougall .... second assistant camera
Matthew May .... additional electrician
David McMurry .... additional electrician
Eliza Plumlee .... camera production assistant
Greg Schmitt .... Steadicam operator
Joe Vitellaro .... grip
Scott Walters .... best boy electric
 
Casting Department
James Buehring .... open casting call staff
Sally Gates .... extras casting
Eryn Goodman .... casting assistant
Heather Harlow .... open casting call coordinator
Lori Lewis .... casting associate
Simon Max Hill .... additional casting
Elias McConnel .... open casting call staff
Brandon Medford .... open casting call staff
Danny Stoltz .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amanda Needham .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jake Buff .... colorist: dailies
Dicky Dahl .... editorial assistant
Eric Hill .... assistant editor
Mato .... film color timer
 
Music Department
Rachel Fox .... music clearances
 
Transportation Department
Victoria Mischa Austreng .... driver
Steve Evans .... driver
David Norris .... transportation coordinator
Jason Ruffolo .... driver
 
Other crew
George Adams .... production assistant
Caroline Baurez .... production accountant
Cora Benesh .... office production assistant
Colin McDougall Brown .... lead office production assistant
Sara Burton .... location manager
Kari A. Coleman .... assistant: Mr. Van Sant (as Kari Coleman)
Brett Cranford .... production accountant
Morgan Currie .... assistant to producers
Shayna Goldstein .... set teacher
Amber Harrison .... production assistant
Nicole Hawkins .... extras coordinator
Andrea Hofer .... craft service assistant
Devan Linforth .... additional production assistant
Rachel Lipsey .... craft service
Chip Mefford .... technical/safety advisor
Tyler J. Peterson .... product placement
Davis Priestley .... production coordinator
Yona Prost .... production assistant
Eric Rae .... assistant accountant
Brandon Ritter .... production assistant
Lance Rosen .... legal representative
Joe Rynearson .... key set production assistant
Patrick Sandefur .... production assistant
Jonathan 'Brad' Shinpaugh .... set medic
Brian Shotzbarger .... production assistant
Amy Teitter .... production assistant
Derek Wilson .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Sage Bolyard .... special thanks
Edouard Dubois .... thanks
Danny Elfman .... special thanks
Kevin Fletcher .... special thanks
Richard Francis .... special thanks
Didier Kunstlinger .... special thanks
Maud Leclair .... special thanks
Mark Scott .... special thanks
Chuck Willis .... special thanks
Hal Willner .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some disturbing images, language and sexual content
Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007 (#01)See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Alex walks home after writing "Paranoid Park" in his notebook, the notebook disappears (in the shot from behind) and then reappears.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Alex:Oh. Hey Uncle Tommy.
Uncle Tommy:Hey.
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Movie Connections:
References Napoleon Dynamite (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Song 3See more »

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Is Paranoid Park based off a book?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Has both strengths and weaknesses, 11 June 2008
Author: JoeytheBrit from www.moviemoviesite.com

Gus Van Sant's ongoing exploration of the lot of disaffected teens continues with this slow, dreamlike study of a typical teenager (newcomer Gabe Nevins) whose life is thrown into emotional turmoil when he accidentally kills a security guard.

This film has a number of strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps its biggest strength is the commendable ordinariness of its teens; they could be your kids, your brother or sister, your friends, you; their every thought and action isn't predetermined by an overpowering desire to get laid, they're not prone to playing pranks on one another or their teachers, and they're not getting drunk or taking drugs at every opportunity. They have pointless conversations that go nowhere, the aspects of the world they consider unimportant are instinctively exiled to the edges of their consciousness and they are not yet infected with the overbearing urge to get on in life. Alex, the film's focal point, wanders aimlessly through his life, the impact of his accidental killing of a security guard barely monitoring on his blank features.

The film also wanders, also apparently aimlessly for much of its brief running time. Van Sant employs a non-linear chronology to tell his tale, a device that has very quickly become over-used and that, in most cases, adds little or nothing to the impact of the fractured story it describes. Here, scenes that don't make a lot of sense the first time we see them are replayed later on once the chronological gaps have been filled. It's like pieces of a jigsaw falling into place – but it also smells suspiciously of a director with not much material on his hands using every trick he can think of to elongate material that doesn't really add up to more than 45 minutes screen time. In addition to the same scenes playing twice, Van Sant also treats us to long (and frequent) slow motion sequences of nothing in particular: school-kids walking through their school's corridors, Alex's friend driving his car, kids at the eponymous skateboard park showing their stuff in grainy 8mm. It all adds a dreamy, detached feel to things that pulls you in with its mesmerising repetition in the same way that the fluent, alert sections of the mind might yield to some particularly strong grass, only without dulling the senses.

The isolation of all youth – from whatever generation – is succinctly captured in Alex's plight, the extremity of his situation perversely succeeding in pinpointing teen angst rather than generalising it. I can't really decide whether Nevins is terrific or just terrifically bad. His face is an impenetrable mask, almost permanently blank, and his lines are delivered in a monotone that captures the inflections (or lack of) of youth. All this might have been what he was told to do, or might just be the best he can muster in terms of acting ability. Either way, his character provokes responses that range from sympathy to exasperation in the viewer, which ultimately leave you wishing you could step inside the story to bang a few heads together and get things moving.

Fans of Van Sant will probably love this film, but very few neutral viewers will be converted to his style of movie-making.

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