Paranoid Park

Synopsis: The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Gus Van Sant
Production: IFC First Take
  5 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

OK. Did you happen to call her

that night at any point?

I mean, do you have a cell phone?

No, I didn't call her and,

I don't have a cell phone.

OK. Uh... well...

Just goin' through my notes,

I'll tell you what... uh...

Let me tell you what my situation is...

I have this security guard...

and we find him deceased

on the railroad tracks.

And so we're thinking maybe he tripped,

or he fell.

But, the autopsy says he was struck

by an object.

And... we also have a witness

that says...

he saw somebody throw something over

the bridge into the river.

We happen to have that object

and it's a skateboard.

Now the funny thing is there's

some DNA evidence on the skateboard,

that puts it at the scene of the crime.

Where did you go?

I... drove around, downtown a little

to Subway and got something to eat.

OK, there's about a thousand

and two Subways.

- Which one did you go to?

- By the waterfront.

OK, and the one... over in the,

World Trade Center? That one?


OK. What'd you get?

Turkey and ham on... Italian herb

and cheese bread, toasted...

tomato lettuce pickle olive mustard oil

and vinegar...

Did you get mayo?


Gotta have mayo with that.

Mayo's sick.

Mayo's sick. What kind of bread was it?

Italian herb and cheese.

OK, you have a receipt

in your pocket for that?

No, I don't keep... Subway receipts.

OK, how much did it cost then?

Like... six something,

Subway's expensive.

Six-inch twelve-inch?


Six-inch, for six bucks,

so you must have got the meal,

then, right?

No, I just got a drink.

OK, all right...

Large, Dr. Pepper.

Who'd you eat with?

Myself. I drove by myself, so...

OK... You know I gotta cut

this short... um...

Let me give you my business card.

If you have anything to add...

I want you to give me a call all right?

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Gus Van Sant

Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician and author who has earned acclaim as both an independent and more mainstream filmmaker. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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