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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.

- You do that?

So, can I go back to class?

Yeah, you can. Thanks. Appreciate it.

I'm writing this a little out of order.

Sorry, I didn't do so well

in Creative Writing.

But... I'll get it all on paper,


What are you writing?

Oh nothin', just homework.

Good day for it.

Anyway, after Jared had mentioned

Paranoid Park,

that first time,

we ended up going the next day.

It wasn't the night the police detective

was talking about, though.

But it was my first time there,

and I liked it right away.

One appeal of a place like Paranoid

was the kids that skated there.

They had built the park illegally all

by themselves.

Trainhoppers... guitar punks...

skate... drunks...

throwaway kids...

No matter how bad your family life was,

these guys had it much worse.

Dude this place is tight.

We should hit it up on Saturday.

That sounds like fun.

The first problem with Jared's

plan was Jennifer. My girlfriend.

Yeah but like, you, I don't know,

you like hanging out with him better

than me it seems sometimes

and it's kind of annoying.

She wanted me to hang out

with her that night.

Don't... no. No, you cannot... no.

You can't do that.

You can't call my friends,

like... it's... no.

Jennifer was nice and everything...

but... she was a virgin.

Which meant she'd want to do it...

... at some point.

And then I knew things

would get all serious.

I told my mom I was spending

Saturday night at Jared's

so we could go to the winter sports

expo earlier on Sunday.

Then I asked to borrow her car.

And follow the rules of the road,


I will.

All right.

Hi, welcome to Burgerville.

You can order when you're ready.

Uh... I'll have two cheeseburgers...

and... a chocolate shake.

Alex, I know you're bummed and all.

But this trip to Corvalis,

is gonna be like a sure thing for me.

Dude but that's weak,

you'd ditch Paranoid for some girl.

Especially when she was denying you

the whole summer.

Yeah but dude...

I'm gonna get so laid this time.

And you should call Jennifer, I mean,

what are you waiting for with her?

What do you want?

What I really wanted was to go skate

with the hardcore freaks

at Paranoid Park.

All right, dude,

you can crash at my place.

Play video games. Call Jennifer.

Then we'll both get laid.

I didn't want someone

to damage my mom's car,

so I parked on the other side

of the river,

which was a safer bet.

Hey, kid.


Your mom know you're here?


Is she hot?

Dude, I don't know.

You should bring her by.

Paranoid was great.

I could have sat there all night

watching the skaters

and the girls and

all the stuff going on.

The only bad thing was...

I started thinking about other things,

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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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