Film / Ken Park

Ken Park is a controversial 2002 American/Netherlandic/French drama film directed by Larry Clark. It is his fifth film, after Kids, Another Day in Paradise, Bully and Teenage Caveman, and his first to be written by Harmony Korine since Kids.

The film consists of four storylines about four teenagers living in the same neighborhood:
  • 1: Claude (Stephen Jasso) is a skateboarder with an ignorant pregnant mother and a brutish father who constantly abuses him due to not thinking him manly enough.
  • 2: Tate (James Ransone) lives with his grandparents but hates them and constantly verbally abuses them. He is a necrophiliac who asphyxiates himself for sexual pleasure.
  • 3: Shawn (James Bullard) is having an affair with his girlfriend's mother and dreams of getting them both in bed at the same time.
  • 4: Peaches (Tiffany Limos) has a hyper-religious father who goes ballistic when he catches her about to have sex with a boy.

The title character, Ken Park, commits suicide in the opening.

This film provides examples of:

  • Euroshlock: Sort of. It's set in America but its production is two thirds European.
  • Random Events Plot: Pretty much. None of the characters stories have to do with Ken Park's suicide and indeed the only link to Ken Park's story is that they all kind knew him from school.
  • The Reveal: Ken Park committed suicide because he got a girl pregnant.
  • Scrabble Babble: Tate's granddad tries to pawn off "sipi" as a bone in the hip, serving only to make him angrier.
  • Three-Way Sex: Peaches has one with Claude and Shawn.
  • Villain Protagonist: Tate definitely cements himself as one. And one could honestly make the argument that almost everyone in the film is.
  • Wretched Hive: Under a thin veneer of small town Americana.
    Oancitizen: Is this town built on a Hellmouth?