• Thu. Jun 13th, 2024

“Ken Park” is a controversial erotic drama film that explores the lives of four teenagers living in a suburban California town. The story delves into the tumultuous and dysfunctional lives of these adolescents as they navigate issues such as sexual awakening, family conflicts, violence, and alienation. The film portrays their lives through explicit and provocative scenes, examining the dark and disturbing aspects of youth culture and suburban life.


“Ken Park” received mixed reviews from critics, with opinions ranging from praise for its raw and unflinching portrayal of teenage angst to criticism for its explicit content and perceived lack of depth. The film's explicit depictions of sex, violence, and self-destructive behavior sparked controversy and divided audiences.

's direction was noted for its unapologetic and confrontational approach, capturing the angst and nihilism of adolescence. The performances, primarily by a cast of non-professional actors, were deemed authentic and raw, but the film's narrative structure and character development received criticism for being disjointed and lacking depth.


“Ken Park” intertwines the lives of four teenagers living in a suburban community. The film explores their dysfunctional relationships with their families, their struggles with sexuality, and their acts of rebellion against societal norms.

Tate, a young skateboarding enthusiast, copes with an abusive and controlling household. Shawn, a troubled teenager, deals with the complexities of his relationship with his girlfriend and her disapproving father. Peaches, a promiscuous girl, seeks solace in sexual encounters while dealing with her dysfunctional family. Lastly, Claude, a withdrawn boy with an overbearing mother, experiences isolation and resentment towards his family.

The film presents a series of vignettes, each focusing on the lives of these characters, as they grapple with their personal demons, leading to tragic and shocking outcomes.


“Ken Park” did not receive significant awards recognition.


“Ken Park” gained notoriety and generated controversy due to its explicit content and controversial themes. The film achieved a degree of cult following and drew attention from audiences interested in provocative and transgressive cinema. However, it did not achieve widespread commercial success and remains a polarizing film within the industry.


Directed by
Screenplay by Harmony Korine
Based on stories and journals by
Produced by
  • Kees Kasander
  • Jean-Louis Piel
Edited by Andrew Hafitz
  • Kasander Film Company
  • Cinéa
Distributed by
Release dates
  • August 31, 2002 (Telluride)
  • September 10, 2002 (Toronto)
  • April 3, 2003 (Netherlands)
  • October 8, 2003 (France)
Running time
93 minutes
Countries United States
Language English
Budget $1.3 million


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