Paranoid Park

2008 R 1h 24m DVD

Paranoid Park

2008 R 1h 24m DVD
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Late one night in a Portland skate park, 16-year-old Alex accidentally kills a security guard and chooses to keep it a secret. But guilt begins to take its toll on his relationships with his best friend, his girlfriend and his sanity.
Taylor Momsen, Gabe Nevins, Daniel Liu, Jake Miller, Lauren McKinney, Joe Schweitzer, Winfield Jackson, Grace Carter, Brad Peterson
Gus Van Sant
Academy Ratio 1.37:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that, despite its focus on skateboarding, this film isn't for kids. It includes a grisly death in which a man falls on train tracks and is cut in half (the imagery is vivid and upsetting). Themes are mature as well, including divorcing parents, teen sex, guilt, remorse, and a troubled sort of "getting away with murder." The one actual sex scene is very blurry and hurried (it's the teen characters' awkward first time). To fit in, a boy drinks beer. Some strong language, including "f--k."

Sexual Content

Teen boys discuss sex: A girlfriend is a virgin and pressures a boy to "do it," a boy offers a "hottie" as collateral when he borrows someone's skateboard, and the teens talk about buying "more condoms" after their first sexual activity. The single actual sex scene is very blurry and close up; a girl's naked torso is visible (but blurry). You also see her back as she puts on her bra, and her thong is visible from the back as she stands.


The story centers on an accidental murder that's shown near the end in graphic images (a boy slams a security guard running after a train with his skateboard, the man falls under an oncoming train on parallel tracks and is cut in half, and his top half crawls toward the boy). At another point, the boy sees a photo of the man's legs and leaves the room to throw up. The boy hides his bloody shirt.


A couple of uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and derogatory uses of "fag" and "fat lard."

Social Behavior

Following an accidental death, the teen boy responsible struggles with guilt and not being caught; skater kids are mildly disrespectful to a teacher and a detective; high school kids have (protected) sex; parents are distracted.


Mentions of Rite Aid and Frappuccinos. Band T-shirts.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Boys discuss beer and carry bottles as they walk.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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