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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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Netherlands | France

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The tennis match during the auto-erotic asphyxiation scene is stock footage and sounds were dubbed over to make it sound more suggestive. See more »

Quotes

Claude's father: You can pick your friends but you can't pick your family.
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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: Mister Lonely (2013) 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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overwrought
24 January 2005 | by kangdanSee all my reviews

ken park or krap nek as they say is basically four episodes with each episode dealing with an individual's family situation or lack thereof. These episodes are inter-cut within each other.

Though Larry's Clark's movies deal with very explicit, or "realistic" subject matter his presentation is overwrought. Characters are more caricatures than 'real' people. The zealot father, the aging housewife, the weird kid, the father with unrequited love. The scenes with these characters were hard for me to take in. The actions and reactions they take seemed so hackneyed to me. Could it be that Larry Clark is developing a "larry clarkness"? a style? As one who is purported to be a breaker of styles and conventions this movie was shot pretty conventionally with lots of sex. I wasn't too impressed with this effort. Some shots, as Larry Clark says, are there for realistic purposes but I just found it to be sensationalistic and unnecessary.

The cinematography was great that is probably due to the Ed Lachman. The blue and red tinge really added to their respective scenes. Probably use of tungsten for outdoors and daylight inside.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I could swear Larry Clark is moving from realism to symbolism. In one scene he has the family gather together on the front steps. Your good Ole' American suburban family, full of deceit and infidelity but putting up a great face none the less. It seemed like a tableau.


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