Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his enormously pregnant mother. Peaches looks after her devoutly religious father, but yearns for freedom. They're all rather tight, or so they claim. But they spend precious little time together and none of them seems to know much about one another's family lives. This bizarre dichotomy underscores their alienation and the result of suburban ennui, a teenager's inherent sense of melodrama, and the disturbing nature of their home environments.

1 Jan 2009 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 3 Jun 2019 - 5:19 PM
What teenagers get up to in California.

Ken Park has been Refused Classification by The Office of Film and Literature Classification and is currently banned for screening in Australia. The film has screened at numerous festivals around the world, in Venice where David and I saw it, and even in New Zealand the film has been classified for educational and festival screenings. Ken Park does not portray underage sex, all the performers were 18 or over, it is a sad, bleak portrayal of teenage lives in California. For more information go to [|OFLCw]