Ken Park is a 2002 drama film. The screenplay was written by Harmony Korine, who based it on Larry Clark's journals and stories. The film was directed by Larry Clark and Ed Lachman.
The film revolves around the abusive home lives of several teenage skateboarders and their friends, set in the city of Visalia, California.
The opening of the film depicts a teenager casually skateboarding across Visalia, before arriving at a skate park. He sits in the middle of the park, takes a camcorder and a pistol out of his backpack, and commits public suicide. Ken's death is not very relevant in the story; the narrator, Shawn, describes Ken being close to four other teens, which the film follows immediately afterwards:
Shawn: The most stable of the four main characters, Shawn has a strong sexual affair with his girlfriend's mother Rhonda throughout the story. He casually talks and eats with the family, who are unaware of the situation.
Claude: A teen who is almost at the mercy of his violent,...