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Barely Legal: 30 Nearly Pornographic Mainstream Films

Full-frontal nudity, steamy threesomes, one-for-the-money shots — these movies pushed the envelope and still played multiplexes
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Ken Park
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'Ken Park' (2002)

Did Larry Clark's most controversial film not got a proper release in the U.S. because it was just too provocative – depicting unsimulated sex (including fellatio) between teenagers, threesomes, bondage, incest, as well as shocking violence? Or was it just an issue of music clearances? We may never know, but this dark, Harmony Korine-penned portrait of lower-middle-class suburbia – looking at several different skate-punk teenagers and their complicated (or, more accurately, "messed up") relationships with the parental figures in their lives – is twisted even by Clark/Korine standards. It says something about a film when the best-adjusted character in it is the guy who's sleeping with his girlfriend's mom. BILGE EBIRI

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