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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.

Directors:

Larry Clark, Edward Lachman (as Ed Lachman)

Writers:

Harmony Korine (screenplay), Larry Clark (based on stories and characters by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Chubbuck Adam Chubbuck ... Ken Park
James Bullard ... Shawn
Seth Gray Seth Gray ... Shawn's Brother
Eddie Daniels ... Shawn's Mother
Zara McDowell Zara McDowell ... Zoe (as Zara Mcdowell)
Maeve Quinlan ... Rhonda
Stephen Jasso ... Claude
Wade Williams ... Claude's Father (as Wade Andrew Williams)
Tiffany Limos ... Peaches
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Peaches' Father (as Julio Oscar Mochoso)
James Ransone ... Tate
Patricia Place Patricia Place ... Tate's Grandmother
Amanda Plummer ... Claude's Mother
Mike Apaletegui 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Кен Парк See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

[His grandmother walks into the room]
Tate: No, I'm not hungry. I'm working, and when you come here without knocking, it means that you're acting like a fucking bitch!
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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

Referenced in Brows Held High: Pinocchio (2011) 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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shock meets schlock...
1 August 2010 | by kindlingmaniaSee all my reviews

Considering I grew up in Visalia, and spent much of my youth at the skate park featured at the beginning of the film, I can attest there is plenty of realism in this film. Our society is deeply troubled, and maybe YOU don't see things like this every day, but I certainly have. In fact, just this week one of the locals that starred in this film came to my friend's house in the middle of the night spun out of his gourd on meth. It would have fit perfectly as a scene in this film.

To those who argue detractors don't "get it", I promise you I do. My problem is for those who won't. I get it because I've lived in this town and seen its dirty side, which I'm positive can be seen in many other cities in this country. To someone who has led a sheltered and fortunate life, watching this movie will not help them to understand anything. To someone like me who hasn't led a sheltered and fortunate life, well there isn't much difference, this film is pure shock value with absolutely no plot.

It's possible to make a movie as shocking and graphic as this and still provide some sort of coherence and plot, but that's not Larry Clark's style. He simply confronts you with tragic and disturbing situations, with little empathy, understanding, or context. You're left just feeling disgusting.


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