Paranoid Park

Paranoid Park
  • 2007
  • US
  • 1h 25min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gus Van Sant
  • Written by: Gus Van Sant, Blake Nelson
  • Cast: Gabe Nevins, Taylor Momsen, Jake Miller, Daniel Liu, Lauren McKinney, Scott Patrick Green
  • Website: www.paranoidpark.co.uk

Freewheeling adaptation of Blake Nelson's young adult novel, in which Van Sant returns to the territory he mined successfully in 'Elephant'. Where that film examined teenage behaviour through the extreme event of a high school shooting, 'Paranoid Park' attempts something similar via the story of a skate kid who kills by accident. It looks and sounds lovely, but its cinematic indulgence soon becomes tedious and the trite conclusion clumsily underscores the thin notion that kids just don't care about the adult world.

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