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Paranoid Park (2007)

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A teenage skateboarder's life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard.

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Gus Van Sant

Writers:

Gus Van Sant (screenplay), Blake Nelson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabe Nevins ... Alex
Daniel Liu Daniel Liu ... Detective Richard Lu (as Dan Liu)
Jake Miller Jake Miller ... Jared
Taylor Momsen ... Jennifer
Lauren McKinney Lauren McKinney ... Macy
Scott Patrick Green Scott Patrick Green ... Scratch (as Scott Green)
John Michael Burrowes John Michael Burrowes ... Security Guard (as John 'Mike' Burrowes)
Grace Carter ... Alex's Mom
Jay 'Smay' Williamson Jay 'Smay' Williamson ... Alex's Dad
Christopher Doyle ... Uncle Tommy
Dillon Hines Dillon Hines ... Henry
Emma Nevins Emma Nevins ... Paisley
Brad Peterson Brad Peterson ... Jolt
Winfield Jackson Winfield Jackson ... Christian (as Winfield Henry Jackson)
Joe Schweitzer Joe Schweitzer ... Paul
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Storyline

The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing images, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Параноид парк See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,828, 9 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$486,021, 8 June 2008
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gus Van Sant: Makes an appearance in the coffee shop scene, reading a newspaper. See more »

Goofs

When Alex goes to Rebel Skates he gets a board with white wheels. Later after the scene where Alex and Jennifer discusses to buy condoms, the board Alex carries is a different board with green wheels. Later he has the board with white wheels again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex: Oh. Hey Uncle Tommy.
Uncle Tommy: Hey.
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References Amarcord (1973) See more »

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I Can Help
Written and Performed by Billy Swan
(c) 1974 TEMI COMBINE CORP
All Rights Controlled by Combine Music Corp. and administered by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Paranoid Park (2007)
12 January 2012 | by Martin TellerSee all my reviews

This reminded me very much of ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU. Languid story about youth culture with a tragic turn of events, with distinctive use of music and camera technique. It's a tough film to classify, not quite a character study, not much of a thriller, more of a mood piece. I was a little perplexed at what Van Sant was aiming for (and particularly confused by the repeated snippets of score from JULIET OF THE SPIRITS) but it resonates and does a pretty good job of sucking you into its rhythms and offbeat structure. There are a few character moments that don't quite ring true, but this may be more a function of the non-professional cast than any fault of the screenplay. Shot beautifully by Chris Doyle on location here in Van Sant's hometown of Portland, it's always a kick to see familiar places (and faces... Ken Boddie!). It's not a DRUGSTORE COWBOY or a GERRY, but I liked it more than a lot of other Van Sants I've tried.


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