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YMMV / Ken Park

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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: It's a movie about horrible people doing horrible things, with nothing they do neither shied away from nor even simulated (apart from the death scenes), and the film itself doesn't really have a story or plot to speak of. It's no surprise it never wound up being officially released in America and has been banned in Australia.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Maeve Quinlan, seriously. The film's most-famous and downloaded nude scene.
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: With so many horrible people, it's near impossible to sympathize with anyone (and the most likable characters are Tate's grandparents, who get murdered by him near the end of the movie). Oancitizen probably puts it best:
    Oancitizen: Is every single character in the film a loathsome cad?!
  • Delusion Conclusion: Given that Shawn is the only one of the four protagonists who isn't being abused or committing abuse in some way, a few viewers like Kyle Kalgren wondered if Shawn's affair with his girlfriend's mother was just a fantasy.
  • Fetish Retardant: The infamous sex scenes in the film are more nauseating than sexy. Some of this is intentional, but more often than not it's unintentional. Even Shawn and Rhonda's sex scene, the most "normal" in the film, has a distinctly unsexy vibe to it.
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  • Memetic Mutation: The footage of Ken's suicide is a popular animated .gif on the internet.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Tate definitely crosses this when he murders his three-legged dog and his grandparents.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • Tate performing auto-erotic asphyxiation and ejaculating on-screen.
    • Peaches spitting into the mouth of the boy she was about to have sex with.
    • The orgy between Shawn, Peaches, and Claude at the end due to how graphic it was (unless you see it the other way).
    • In general, the film goes out of its way to make the sex scenes as gross and unpleasant as possible. It's not at all helped by the fact the majority of them are unsimulated.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Ziggy (or adult Eddie Kaspbrak) murders his grandparents. He does show his wang here, though.
  • Shocking Swerve: Why did Ken Park kill himself? He got a girl pregnant.
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  • Squick: Did you not read the four story synopses? Even if they are completely absurd... just... ick.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: It doesn't actually play much in the film itself, but you will be extremely weirded out by the fact that Maeve Quinlan's husband in the film is played by Bill Fagerbakke AKA Patrick Star.


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