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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.

Director:

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 ... 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 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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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Paranoid Park See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,828, 9 March 2008

Gross USA:

$486,767

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,545,747
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gus Van Sant created a Myspace page for open casting calls because he wanted non-professional actors for the cast. Around 2,971 people auditioned. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Alex pushes the guard who gets slashed by the trains' wheels, the guard falls backwards, so he's suppose to be lying on his back, but on the shot where Alex is standing next to him, the guard seems to be as he fell forward, and lies on his stomach. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex: Oh. Hey Uncle Tommy.
Uncle Tommy: Hey.
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Connections

References Juliet of the Spirits (1965) See more »

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Song 3
Written and Performed by Ethan Rose
Courtesy of Locust Media Ltd.
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What you feel is what you get
28 June 2008 | by WizTheFirstSee all my reviews

Van Sant's "Paranoid Park" could be described easily as nothing more than putting Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" into motion. Of course the background is different as we're having the moral struggle put in youth and skate environment. As the plot twists, the director focuses on the realism of the main character's's struggle. This is why the movie definitely scores as 9 out of 10. Not because of the 'moral message' which was the main 'goal' of Dostoevsky's book, but he uses all of available artistic and directing methods to picture something that is not distant for the viewer. It is more like picturing the struggles that recently became part of human nature.

Main character, although he's a teenager, is already wasted and is having enough of his life. Sick and tired, doesn't give much attention about his girlfriend, sexual initiation, family and friends as the 'higher levels' of morality and humanity became his main issues after his accident.

I think that the movie should be considered more as a inner mirror of struggles and hard issues that became a part of our everyday life. Gus Van Sant pictured it perfectly. 9/10. Nothing else to add.


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