Ken Park
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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. The film opens at a skate park, where a troubled character takes his own life; it 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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A ragingly controversial feature that makes it very tricky to distinguish between insightful and incite-ful."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Because the filmmakers cook up an equal number of touching sequences to match their disturbing ones, their portrait of disturbed America comes through clearly and effectively."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Thoroughly vile!...It galls me to think that other nations might believe this is what American youth is really like"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Less a film than a moment in time--at least that's what Ken Park's dreamy bookends would have you believe."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"The worst film I've seen since... Well, "Bully"."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"Larry Clark's cinema has, if nothing else, very specifically delineated the line drawn by the American court's decency standards under the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act (generally referred to as "2257")."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"well-shot, but it is the only good thing that could be said about KEN PARK"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Pornografia infantil disfarçada de "arte"."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Parental figures are one-dimensional. Behavior becomes extreme and absurd, making the film laughable."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"Makes Happiness look like Dumbo."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Here, finally, Clark takes the skankiness out of teen sex, making it into a romantic idyll."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Ken Park leads viewers, fans, and detractors to wonder, "What the hell is this guy doing?""
‑ Norm Schrager,
"This is a movie that lends a voice to a good chunk of the youth population. It's a voice that just wants to be heard. Is that too much to ask?"
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"The film is fascinating, but sort of like watching a road accident."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
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