"It's a given that any film with Larry Clark's touch is going to blow your mind, but this is Insane!"
For all those that don't know about Larry Clark, let us take a second to enlighten you. Larry is known for having one of the sharpest edges in film today and "Ken Park" is just another testament to his Unchained spirit! You heard of the movie, "Kids" right? Well, this is that times one million, Off the freakin charts! Clark gathered a little inspiration from Korine again and this story is wildly shocking to say the least.
A true eye-opener that pushes past all boundaries and limits of what you think film is supposed to be
about. "Ken Park" is one of those films that will leave your jaw dropped about 2 inches from the floor, well that is if you don't fall out of your chair first(lol). So fair warning, as we delve into this insane story, this movie is for mature audiences and should not be watched by children under the age of 18. This is primarily because of the graphic and mature content laden throughout, as well as, the in-your-face implications of all that we don't see during the presentation. Now, Let's Unhinge!
The film is comprised of short glimpses into the troubled lives of five youths, who are in way over their heads when it comes to living life as a teenager. These kids are derived from some of the most dysfunctional homes that one's mind can imagine. Where else would you find a kid cussing out his grandparents because he thinks they cheated during a game of scrabble? Or find a teenage boy committing suicide because he can't handle the pressure of being young and naive?
Quite frankly, each story shown within "Ken Park" is a powerful experience in it's own right. Some of the situations these kids find themselves in would be worthy of DSS coming in an quarantining the whole house including the dog. Let's take Claude's story for example. Now this is a kid that likes to ride his skateboard and smoke weed, nothing special right? But, wait until you meet his parents. His mother is a pregnant woman who drinks beer and smokes cigarettes like she's never heard of the surgeon general. And then on the other-side of the room we have Claude's father, a drunk, jobless, homophobic-bully that can't look at his woman without thinking about her son or vice-versa.
We've got to admit, some of the scenes in "Ken Park" definitely blindsided us with a mac truck, but we still couldn't look away. Even after we saw where the film was going, we still watched, leaning ever closer to the edge, as we followed Clark down this twisted dream of a tale. That little scene we described above is child's play compared to the rest of the shock and discovery that lies within this little gem. Oh and you'll be happy to know that for our own sanity and your's, we did a little homework to inquire about the ages of some of these actors and we have a go!
In closing, just like "Kids" this is a movie that you have to watch for yourself to really get the full effect. You can hear about it, but until you see it, you won't have any idea as to how edgy this one is. Clark has his razor on lethal and the shock value is on Code Blue, it will drop you right where you stand..or sit(lol). So, if you've got some time on your hands and are looking for a mind-blowing experience that's sure to leave you talking give "Ken Park" a spin. It will have you in a state of disbelief from beginning to end, but then again, what else would you expect from Larry?
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