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Class Action Park (Dir. Chris Charles Scott/Seth Porges)

I'm not from New Jersey but this Documentary looks fascinating.

It's being released by HBO Max on August 27th, 2020.


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Re: Class Action Park (Dir. Chris Charles Scott/Seth Porges)

Finally HBO Max has itís own must-watch exclusive content!
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Re: Class Action Park (Dir. Chris Charles Scott/Seth Porges)

Watched this a few hours ago.

The anecdotes from former park employees & guests are off-the-wall insane. The amount of negligence, injuries and death surround the park should have shutdown the park a long time ago but it was allowed to operate for an avalanche of reasons that are stated in the Documentary.

It was great to see one of my favorite former Talk Show Personalities, Chris Gethard, get interviewed for the Documentary, sharing his stories growing up during the time of Action Park.

Solid Documentary though there's an odd coldness that a few of the interviewees have when sharing many of their anecdotes.

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I'll have to watch this at some point. My 8th grade class trip was to Action Park. Or Class Action Park, or Traction Park, whatever you like to call it. Some of my friends definitely got a nasty road rash on the Alpine Slide.
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Re: Class Action Park (Dir. Chris Charles Scott/Seth Porges)

I started this late last night thinking Iíd finish it later but ended up staying up to watch the whole thing. Though I grew up in Iowa and never went anywhere near this place I had heard a lot about it.

The stories they highlight are just insane. Itís really well done and itís not all played for laughs.
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Re: Class Action Park (Dir. Chris Charles Scott/Seth Porges)

It was pretty interesting. All I can say is if this place was near me when I was a kid I would've been there every weekend.
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Re: Class Action Park (Dir. Chris Charles Scott/Seth Porges)

It was pretty insane. Lord of The Flies, the amusement park. Amazing that this place was allowed to operate as long as it did. That Alpine ride was just a death trap.

I didn't really understand that loop slide : did they only operate it for a weekend or two before shutting it down?
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I enjoyed the movie. I loved all the old park footage. But I was disappointed that it was so negative. It was like a 60 Minutes expose. And they really vilified the owner. I'm sure he wasn't a saint. But they had people celebrating his death.

There was one guy that looked like a young Woody Allen. He acted like his trip to Action Park was a tour of duty in Vietnam. I imagine he was one of those fragile kids with a snotty nose that constantly complained about everything being dangerous.

The funny thing is, throughout all these doom and gloom anecdotes, the videos showed parkgoers having the time of their lives. Whenever I hear people talk about Action Park, they mention the dangerous rides, but they go on and on about how much fun they had. I wish I heard more of the fun stuff in the documentary.



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I enjoyed the movie. I loved all the old park footage. But I was disappointed that it was so negative. It was like a 60 Minutes expose. And they really vilified the owner. I'm sure he wasn't a saint. But they had people celebrating his death.

There was one guy that looked like a young Woody Allen. He acted like his trip to Action Park was a tour of duty in Vietnam. I imagine he was one of those fragile kids with a snotty nose that constantly complained about everything being dangerous.

The funny thing is, throughout all these doom and gloom anecdotes, the videos showed parkgoers having the time of their lives. Whenever I hear people talk about Action Park, they mention the dangerous rides, but they go on and on about how much fun they had. I wish I heard more of the fun stuff in the documentary.
The point was that it was fun for a lot of people...until it wasn't. And that's wrong, even if it was fun for people.

And the woman who celebrated his death was the mother of someone who died at the park and their response was to lie about what happened to him. I can understand her feelings.
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Re: Class Action Park (Dir. Chris Charles Scott/Seth Porges)

That Woody Allen looking guy is a well known stand-up comic named Chris Gethard who had his own talk show for several years and has a stand up special on HBO


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The point was that it was fun for a lot of people...until it wasn't. And that's wrong, even if it was fun for people.
I get that. But they didn't talk about the fun stuff. They just talked about how everything was dangerous. There should have been some balance. Show the dark side, but also have people tell a few stories about why they loved the park. Instead, it comes off like a trip down the river in Apocalypse Now.
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I get that. But they didn't talk about the fun stuff. They just talked about how everything was dangerous. There should have been some balance. Show the dark side, but also have people tell a few stories about why they loved the park. Instead, it comes off like a trip down the river in Apocalypse Now.
Strong disagree there. Lots of participants in the documentary, especially the former teen employees, shared fond memories of the place. Even Chris Gethard shared some positive recollections.
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This is the original doc short: https://dai.ly/x158v48

When I was a kid, I would be bombarded with commercials for Action Park. There is no way in hell my parents would ever have let us go there.
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Re: Class Action Park (Dir. Chris Charles Scott/Seth Porges)

I grew up near Action Park and any chance we got we would go. Most parents prohibited it but you'd always find someone that was going so everyone would catch a ride.

It was like a right of passage living in North Jersey and getting road rash from the Alpine Slide. Someone would be walking funny in school and you'd hear "Action Park last weekend?"
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Strong disagree there. Lots of participants in the documentary, especially the former teen employees, shared fond memories of the place. Even Chris Gethard shared some positive recollections.
Yep. It was obvious that they had fun there as a kid but looking back as adults, they realized how dangerous it was.

I was thinking while watching the documentary that I used to jump by BMX bike off mounds of dirt and leave it in midair, crashing the bike and myself to the ground. No helmet, no pads. I wasn't even a particularly adventurous kid. I can think about how much fun I had as a kid while also realizing that what I was doing was deeply stupid. I have a friend who works with people who have suffered brain injuries and anyone riding a bike without a helmet keeps him up at night.

And that was just me and my bike. No one was directly profiting off my idiocy.
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I get that. But they didn't talk about the fun stuff. They just talked about how everything was dangerous. There should have been some balance. Show the dark side, but also have people tell a few stories about why they loved the park. Instead, it comes off like a trip down the river in Apocalypse Now.
The fun stuff WAS the dangerous stuff. That's the whole point.
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Re: Class Action Park (Dir. Chris Charles Scott/Seth Porges)

My buddy worked there for a couple years. He told me a lot of stories about how unsafe things were, how the staff were often drunk or high, and how there was zero oversight or training. They'd have a ton of fun during the day, but even crazier fun once the park shut down at the end of the day.
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The info and story was interesting but this was a very poorly made documentary.
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This is an odd point (probably not mentioned in the doc), but one of the things I remember from visiting Action Park was that all the video games were bootlegs. Now, before you ask "who the hell goes to Action Park to play video games??", it was 1981, the absolute height of the arcade game boom. If you wanted to play arcade games, there was only whatever was at the local pizza joint, or you had to wait till your parents could drive you to the mall. So video games were a big thing to kids my age.
Anyway, they all LOOKED like the real thing, although some had knock-off names like "Grab It" instead of Pac-Man. And when you tried your usual "patterns" on games where you could use them, they didn't work. I think one of the biggest clues that you were playing a knock-off version was Donkey Kong; if you could walk behind Kong on the "peg" level, it's a knock-off. On the official Nintendo version, it's immediate death.

But yeah, that was just one more corner they cut at Action Park.
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The info and story was interesting but this was a very poorly made documentary.
I just watched it this morning and I totally agree. Something was off about the tone and it didn't sit right with me. By the time it got the story of the one family, it made me so sad that the romanticizing of the fun that was had made me a little irritated. Maybe I wanted more archived footage? Less cartoon reenactments? I'm not sure. Documentaries are my favorite to watch but this one didn't do it for me.
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I just watched it this morning and I totally agree. Something was off about the tone and it didn't sit right with me. By the time it got the story of the one family, it made me so sad that the romanticizing of the fun that was had made me a little irritated. Maybe I wanted more archived footage? Less cartoon reenactments? I'm not sure. Documentaries are my favorite to watch but this one didn't do it for me.
They repeated so many clips that I imagine that was EVERYTHING they could get their hands on. They didn't strike me as an operation that would have a lot of great B-roll for their press kit
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They repeated so many clips that I imagine that was EVERYTHING they could get their hands on. They didn't strike me as an operation that would have a lot of great B-roll for their press kit
True, very true. Even in the age of home video they were probably scraping from the bottom of the barrel. I guess I can't put my finger on why it rubbed me the wrong way and I'm grasping for straws.
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That water slide loop thing is utterly ridiculous. I cannot believe people went down that... and got stuck! lol.
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I get that. But they didn't talk about the fun stuff.
The title of the doc called CLASS ACTION Park. That should tell you right there the tone.
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Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
I enjoyed the movie. I loved all the old park footage. But I was disappointed that it was so negative. It was like a 60 Minutes expose. And they really vilified the owner. I'm sure he wasn't a saint. But they had people celebrating his death.

There was one guy that looked like a young Woody Allen. He acted like his trip to Action Park was a tour of duty in Vietnam. I imagine he was one of those fragile kids with a snotty nose that constantly complained about everything being dangerous.

The funny thing is, throughout all these doom and gloom anecdotes, the videos showed parkgoers having the time of their lives. Whenever I hear people talk about Action Park, they mention the dangerous rides, but they go on and on about how much fun they had. I wish I heard more of the fun stuff in the documentary.
Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
I get that. But they didn't talk about the fun stuff. They just talked about how everything was dangerous. There should have been some balance. Show the dark side, but also have people tell a few stories about why they loved the park. Instead, it comes off like a trip down the river in Apocalypse Now.
I havenít seen the documentary yet but this description cracks me up.

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