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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.


Larry Clark, Edward Lachman (as Ed Lachman)


Harmony Korine (screenplay), Larry Clark (based on stories and characters by)
4,043 ( 196)
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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


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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Did You Know?


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


Rhonda: What are you doing? Get your head back down!
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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 »


Featured in Brows Held High: Spring Breakers (2014) See more »


Written by Tim Armstrong
Performed by Rancid
Courtesy of Epitaph
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Every kid i chill with could be a character in this movie.
12 February 2004 | by william-95See all my reviews

I'm 16, I'm a skater, I'm in high school, I have parents I don't get along with.

Although I don't partake in these actions, the people whom I spend my weekends with do constantly. This movie is a very realistic account of the life that is lead by many of those close to me.

Banning this movie does kids a favor, it doesn't let our parents see the ridiculous lives we lead. All of us kids should see this movie so we can all question our actions and realize the hole we've dug ourselves. But parents should be protected from seeing such films as "Kids" and "Ken Park". These are the realities we try so hard to keep from our parents, why would we want to let larry clark show them?

I was unaffected by this movie, impressed at the reality it captured, but unaffected by the actions in which the kids partook, except Tate's ordeal, although I know kids like that, I generaly don't associate with them, and that made his part of the movie very difficult to handle.

Larry Clark scares me. I just hope my parents don't get a hold of this movie, or "KIDS". He has done a terrific job of grabbing the reality of our lives, and I would hope he keeps making these amazingly realistic movies, as long as my parents don't see them.

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Release Date:

3 April 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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