Class Action Park Movie Review
Though not the deepest of documentaries, Class Action Park is an entertaining exploration of a theme park unbound by rules and regulations. Insurance? Who needs it. Safety measures? Unnecessary. Loads of fun? Absolutely.
Filmmakers Seth Porges and Chris Charles Scot III deliver 90 satisfying minutes depicting the various rides at the park, from a water slide with a loop de loop so dangerous that the few people who ventured down the chute came out the other end with bloody mouths, concussions, or lacerations to a kayaking experience that electrocuted a guest to death.
Class Action Park falls into the same camp as documentaries such as Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened--not exactly essential cinema, but certainly entertaining. The documentary delves into the more serious aspects of the park, which opened in Vernon, New Jersey in 1978 and closed in 1996, including the serious injuries, multiple deaths, and the questionable characteristics of the park’s founder, though much of the runtime takes a lighthearted approach to the material.
Though the documentary relies a little too heavily on the perspective of comedic actor Chris Gethard--his memories of the park seem a little exaggerated for comedic impact--its tone, which can best be described as “I can’t believe this was real and happened,” works well for the subject matter at hand. Class Action Park is simply a ride, a sequence of absurdities that is a blast to watch.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.