ParanoidPark is both a book by Blake Nelson and an indie movie directed by Gus Van Sant based on the book. It tells the story of a 16-year-old skateboarder - unnamed in the novel, but given the name Alex for the film - who tries to fit in with the skater crowd and accidentally kills a security guard while trying to board a train. The author has said that the book is a kind of retelling of Crime and Punishment in a young adult fiction setting. The novel and film take place in Portland, Oregon, United States.
This show provides examples of:
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Averted. In the book, Macy is described as pretty, but in the movie she is played by Lauren McKinney. All I'm gonna say.
* AdultsAreUseless: The only adults featured are either oblivious to Alex's depression, or, in the Detective's case, pretending to care about him to get him to confess.
* AlphaBitch: Jennifer.
* AnachronicOrder: Alex tells his story out of order
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Jennifer.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Alex never gets to confess his crime to anyone, and nothing really changes, but he finds a friend in Macy and starts to develop feelings for her.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Alex.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Alex is a pretty normal kid who probably never did anything worse than drink a few beers in his life, but the one night he decides to venture to Paranoid Park to hang out with the "streeter" kids, [[spoiler: he ends up accidentally killing a security guard, promptly fucking up his life for good.]]
** Although, technically speaking, [[spoiler: he does get away with it]]
* DawsonCasting: Notably averted, as with most Gus Van Sant films - all the actors are roughly the same age as their characters.
* ManipulativeBastard: In the book, [[spoiler: the detective lies about his parents getting divorced when he was a kid to earn Alex's trust, which almost works, until Alex finds a "happy anniversary" card in his car.]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: One of the biggest complaints about the movie is that the trailer makes it seem as though the movie is going to be a mystery-thriller, but when you actually watch the film it couldn't be any more different.
* RaceLift: In the book, the detective is Caucasian. In the movie, he's Asian.
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: averted; Alex stumbles over his words and does not have a particularly sophisticated vocabulary in his narration, as he says, he "didn't do well in Creative Writing"