Instead of adhering to the norms of their South Central neighborhood, a group of skater boys opt to bus into Hollywood and Beverly Hills, where they attract local rich girls - and plenty of... See full summary »
A story centered on a directionless 16-year-old living in Marfa, Texas and his relationships with his girlfriend, his neighbor, his teacher, a newly arrived local artist, and a local Border Patrol officer.
Jeremy St. James
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
Everybody, please STOP pretending Larry Clark is a genius!!!
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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