• Paranoid Park (2008)

Paranoid Park

Release Date: March 7th, 2008

DVD Release Date: July 22nd, 2008

R |1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary

As teenage skateboarder Alex (Gabe Nevins) hops freight trains with a stranger named Scratch (Daniel Liu), a security guard spots them and tries to forcibly remove them. In the scuffle, Alex strikes the guard with his skateboard, knocking him in the direction of another train, which kills him. Alex tosses his board into the river, but soon he and other skaters are called in for questioning by Detective Lu about a recovered skateboard that has been linked to the scene of the crime.

Cast: Gabe Nevins, Taylor Momsen, Jake Miller, Lauren McKinney, Daniel Liu, Scott Patrick Green, Dillon Hines, Mubarak Ra'oof

Director: Gus Van Sant

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Escape , Suspenseful , Melodramatic , Growing up , 2000s , Girlfriend , Investigation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The fluid film cinematography of Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li, intercut with grainy Super-8 shots of park regulars, tracks the skaters in their free-flying, free-styling and free-falling grace. In these privileged moments, the film is close to transcendence, defying time, space and gravity. show more

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    It's a new and inspired vision of a familiar state of being -- teenage anomie amidst the crumbling wreckage of a middle-class American family. In the space of 78 minutes, Mr. Van Sant and his cinematographer, the peerless Christopher Doyle, manage to suffuse that state with haunting sadness, ubiquitous danger, pulsing power and flickers of hope. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    In Paranoid Park, Gus Van Sant enters the world of high school kids just as he did in "Elephant," achieving this time a much sharper, more focused portrait of how these rapidly maturing young people act, think, speak and behave. show more

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