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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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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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Trivia

The film was refused classification by The Office of Film and Literature Classification and is currently banned for screening in Australia as of June 2003. See more »

Quotes

Peaches: Do you remember your dreams?
Claude: Sometimes.
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The letter K is shown backwards in the credits, except in the first word of the film's title. See more »

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Features Jerry Springer (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Shady Streets
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Performed by Gary Stewart
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Everybody, please STOP pretending Larry Clark is a genius!!!
20 February 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Ugh, I should have known better...Ken Park - the third installment in Clark's portraits of teenage alienation - is even worse than Kids and Bully. This guy deserves his status and reputation of artistic film-maker as much as I deserve the Nobel peace-price. I hope, when all the hype cools down, more and more people will realize that he's nothing more than an untalented and dull cineast who's only out to shock audiences. When watching his films, I get the idea that his only goal is to get banned and censored in as much countries as humanly possible...because that provides him with an easily deserved cult reputation. The story and especially the characters in Ken Park are pathetic, uninspired, empty and not at all that offensive... And this film is completely arrogant and egocentric. You can actually hear Larry Clark thinking: "Oh, look at me...I'm controversial". Bah, how pitiful. There's nothing artistic about explicit and outrageous sex scenes (read: semi-pornographically scenes)! When I first saw this film - at a festival - the public spontaneously started to applaud at the close up of a masturbation sequence...Why, why...WHY, I ask?!? If things like masturbation, sodomy and incest can be considered 'artistic', then why is everybody embarrassed to admit they watch porno? Ken Park is a soporific and utterly annoying anthology that unites a couple of messed up teenagers (and their even more messed up parents) you don't care about to begin with, anyway. I surely hope your VCR-player has a fast-forward button! Yet, the most hilarious statement I keep hearing is that Larry Clark movies are eye-openers and realistic portraits of society nowadays...What a load of nonsense is that? Life isn't like this and surely people aren't as stupid and depressing as Clark pictures them. And if you think they are, you should go out more...or at least start to watch better movies.


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