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Filmmaker Larry Clark reunites with Kids screenwriter Harmony Korine, with some additional directorial assistance from cinematographer Ed Lachman, for this look at a group of troubled teens and their guardians living in Southern California. Ken Park takes its name from the skate park where an ancillary character takes his own life in the film's opening moments, and then proceeds to chronicle the somewhat-interrelated lives of his classmates.

The audience is introduced to Tate (James Ransome), a young man living in relative misery with his board-game-playing grandparents. Also tormented by his living situation is Claude (Stephen Jasso), a quiet, shy teen constantly henpecked by his brutish father (Wade Andrew Williams). Meanwhile, the vapid Shawn (James Bullard) occasionally trades verbal spars with his mother, in between leaving the house for erotic sessions with his girlfriend's mom. Finally there is Peaches (Tiffany Limos), living alone with her devoutly religious father as she covertly experiments with her boyfriend (Mike Apaletegui).

Though Ken Park played at such festivals as Toronto and Telluride in the fall of 2002, it would languish on the shelf for months and months afterward, as its non-commercial content made finding a U.S. distributor near-impossible.

Uncut & Uncensored Anamorphic (16:9) Widescreen Version
English 5.1 & Russian 5.1 Audio Options
Optional Russian Subtitles

Product Details

  • Actors: Amanda Plummer, Julio Oscar Mechoso, James Ransone
  • Directors: Larry Clark
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Director's Cut, Anamorphic
  • Language: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AZKB8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,195 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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219 of 226 people found the following review helpful By David W. Reed on May 29, 2009
Format: DVD
"Ken Park" has been controversial because of its explicit presentation of actual sexual acts by actors portraying high school kids and because it has been banned in some English-speaking countries and has no distributor in the others. I suspect that the notoriety has overshadowed the actual merits of the film.

The plot is presented as several intercut stories. The stories themselves are almost completely isolated from one another aside from the fact that all the characters know each other quite well. The stories progress parallel to one another, and the characters have absolutely no interaction with one another until the next to last sequence. That scene may summarize the common attitude that prevails among these teenagers, but it doesn't pack much of a punch. In fact the whole movie doesn't pack much of a punch. I'm not sure it really tries to. It simply tells these stories directly with not moral judgments and lets them loose for the audience to make of them what they will.

That is not to say that the performances are weak. They aren't. Most of the young actors had only marginal prior experience in film acting, but they gave decent, workmanlike performances that were perfectly adequate. The supporting adult actors were better, but they generously avoided overshadowing the less experienced actors. So there's not any mismatch within the cast.

The cinematography, art direction, and editing don't call attention to themselves which in this movie is a good thing. The special effects in the violent scenes are believable and seamless. I liked the way the film looked.

The musical score is appropriate and not manipulative. It doesn't get in the way of our personal responses to the stories. That is a real strength in this film.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By P. Lambert on March 27, 2010
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OK, so this movie may not be for the faint of heart. It deals with life, death and sex in a candid and explicit way. No candy coating, no frivolity. Just the what life deals these people. If you have sophisticated movie tastes, and are not prudish about sexual content (the sex scenes are not simulated), then give this movie a try.
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109 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Spivey on January 20, 2010
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This film isn't for everybody, in fact most would probably be put off by this film. It is gritty to the max. I have seen Kidz & Bully. This is yet another foray into the world of teen angst. As in all Larry Clark's films, he seems to portray teens with absolutely no direction that invariably does not end well. In Kidz. you had a selfish teen who only thought of his own desires and inevitably passed on AIDs. In Bully, which was actually based on a true incident in Florida, it ended up with murder of a not so nice teen. The teens portrayed in Ken Park, were not the creme of the crop by far, but yet another group of dysfunctional teens. They had absolutely no direction and lived for the moment. The oral sex in this movie is explicit as are some other scenes of fondling. If you are looking to be entertained, there is nothing entertaining about this movie. There is nothing ludicrous about the scenes portrayed in this film. They are just plain ugly as is real life in some situations.
I gave it 4 stars primarily because of the film quality and production quality, as well as story. This thing will only appeal to those fans of Larry Clark as I don't think anyone else will like it. He has never been shy with his direction and this is no exception. In this, there was very little restraint shown in what he wanted to do. You have been warned, so watch it if you dare.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bryan A. Pfleeger on February 24, 2011
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Larry Clark's Ken Park is probably unlike any film you've ever seen. The basic premise is easy enough : suburbia is not always the clean respectable place it seems. Underneath the normalcy there lies a world of secrets and terror worse than our greatest nightmares. People are trapped in this world and the only way out may be extreme.

Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn( James Bullard) seems to be the most conventional except for the monor fact that he's sleeping with his girlfriend's mother (Maeve Quinlan). Tate (James Ransone) is brimming with psychotic rage and living with his grandparents in a powderkeg on the verge of exploding; Claude (Stephen Jasso) is habitually harassed by his brutish father for his skating lifestyle and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his enormously pregnant mother(Amanda Plummer). Peaches(Tiffany Limos) 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 as the result of suburban ennui, a teenager's inherent sense of melodrama, and the disturbing nature of their home environments.

Clark doesnt shy away from difficult subject matter but sometimes he gets extreme. This film has been banned in many countries for its frank and disturbing sexuality even though the portrayal is far from erotic. While this is not a film that many will enjoy it does have much to recommend it. Most of its critics fail to view the film for its story and focus rather on the nudity involved. That said I find much to recommend this effort even though it is rather difficult viewing.
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