Paranoid Park Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 3751

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 52

Theatrical Release Date: 03/07/2008

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 10/07/2008

Language: English

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Gus Van Sant

Actors: Gabe Nevins, Daniel Liu, Taylor Momsen, Jake Miller, Lauren McKinney, Winfield Jackson

Plot: A teenage skateboarder has a run in with a security guard that results in the man's death.

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Rating of
3/4

Snoogans - wrote on 11/14/2011

The characters and drama feel real to a point and the emotion isn't something that is felt on the surface. The guilt and anxiety comes through slowly as the story progresses and with less words. An interesting film.

Rating of
1.5/4

dukeakasmudge - wrote on 10/14/2011

It was alright

Rating of
3/4

FZero - wrote on 07/20/2008

This is a love it or hate it kind of affair, you either hate Van Sant's style which continues much in the footsteps of Elephant or you don't. This isn't a movie with big reveals, hot shot detectives who get to the bottom of everything and all plot threads nicely wrapped up. Its a slow and low key affair which some nice performances and while it's easy to say the actors are just playing themselves, try to have a camera stuck in your face and see how natural you can act. Art imitates life and if you have had enough of life and want to watch a movie I suggest staying away.

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filmfan09
filmfan09
Producer

Rating of
3/4

Poetic, disturbing story of lonely teen skater.

filmfan09 - wrote on 01/14/2009

In Gus Van Sant's quietly disturbing "Paranoid Park," teenagers look, sound and act like teenagers. I mention this because it places this film in bold relief against other current movies about teenagers, where teens are self-assured, beautiful and far more mature than any of their real-life counterparts ever actually are. For this I applaud Van Sant, and it's largely what makes "Paranoid Park" such a compelling viewing experience.

The awkward teen at the center of Van Sant's film is Alex, who inadvertently causes the grisly death of a rail yard security guard, and the guilt that haunts him sends him fleeing from the weight bearing down on him. Van Sant does a good job of constructing his film to resemble the inner workings of a distracted teenage mind. Alex decides to write down the …

Franz Patrick
Franz Patrick
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

Van Sant Continues to Impress

Franz Patrick - wrote on 12/06/2008

The thing about apathy is that eventually either you wake up or you shut down. The apathetic main character (Gabe Nevins) in this picture woke up and it was an interesting journey. I found this picture, directed by Gus Van Sant, admirable in several ways. The poetic lyricism embedded in some scenes was appropriate when it comes to showing the character’s innocence; the scenes that most people will think are “pointless” are so close to real life and they made me laugh. Pretty much all the actors brought something natural to the table and made me wonder if the events in this film really happened to someone. Furthermore, I liked that the story was not told in chronological order so it forces the audience to pay attention and reward those who stuck with the characters from beginning to …

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