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King of California
King of California
Actors: Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, Willis Burks II, Laura Kachergus, Paul Lieber
Director: Mike Cahill
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
PG-13     2008     1hr 33min

An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that theres spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia. Studio: First Look Home Entertain Release Date: 05/20/2008 Starring:...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, Willis Burks II, Laura Kachergus, Paul Lieber
Director: Mike Cahill
Creators: Mike Cahill, Alexander Payne, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Elisa Salinas, George Furla
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/29/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 24
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Tara M. from MASON, OH
Reviewed on 3/8/2013...
This movie was fun to watch, the acting was great. Michael Douglas, especially, was awesome. The story was an interesting concept, and I'm sure somewhat true for some kids. I did find it hard to believe that the gorgeous teen girl had no friends,but overall we enjoyed this movie and the messages it sends regarding relationships, being human, and what is "important" and "real".
David H. (R8erDave) from REDDING, CA
Reviewed on 8/19/2012...
Great movie, exciting and surprisingly funny. Charlie maybe a little crazy but he just wants to live the american dream. Miranda is just happy her dad is back in her life crazy or not, and she finds herself joining Charlie's outrageous antics. The ending was unpredictable. I enjoyed this movie and would recommend to anyone who likes a good comedy movie.
Mary S. from CLARKSVILLE, AR
Reviewed on 11/16/2010...
I really enjoyed this movie. It was different, it used your emotions to understand the plot. Of course the actors were first rate.
KAT O.
Reviewed on 11/17/2009...
I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I usually don't enjoy things with MD, but now I do! I hope he keeps making movies like these. Hilarious! I watched it so many times and its good every time ha ha ha!

Movie Reviews

A Tired Script but a Platform for the Skillful Acting of Dou
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 02/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"KING OF CALIFORNIA may not break any records for innovation of thought or script but it is a tightly made little film that allows veteran actor Michael Douglas a lollipop of a wacky role to remind us that he does have comedic talent! It also gives 20-year old Evan Rachel Wood the opportunity to compete with a Pro and come out an equal - quite a feat for such a young actress. Written and directed by Mike Cahill the story does have appeal, especially since it is set in Santa Clarita, California, a rapidly developing 'hinterland' that is suffering from the effects of too rapid industrialization, changing from a picturesque remnant of California raw beauty into yet another perky little town.

Charlie (Michael Douglas) has been in and out of mental institutions for his wacky behavior. His life as a jazz bassist and entrepreneur has always veered off the map, leaving him alone with his only daughter Miranda who has survived her father's irresponsible life by keeping the old family home (in the midst of a huge housing development) with the money she makes double shifting at the local MacDonalds. When Charlie is released his focus is on discovering the gold left behind by Catholic priests in the mid 1600s, a fact he has researched while hospitalized, on the Internet, and from the journal of one of the priests. Miranda slowly buys into Charlie's madcap scheme and adventure as a gold hunter and the caper results in a bonding between father and daughter that has been teetering on the brink of disaster for years. The manner in which Charlie, Miranda, and an old ex-con friend Pepper (Willis Burks II) go after the treasure provides most of the energy of the film.

Yes, there are bits and pieces of this project that have been done many times before (and often better), but the pleasure of KING OF CALIFORNIA lies in the bravura and touching performances by Douglas and Wood. This is a pleasant excursion of a movie, worth an evening's gander. Grady Harp, February 08"
A really fun movie
Mark Gray | Holland, PA United States | 11/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You can read the synapses above and I can't do any better so I'll just give my opinion.

I enjoyed this movie a lot. The wacky-father straight-laced daughter interactions are what make it so fun. I also loved Michael Douglas' character in this film. His character reminds me a lot of a castaway (both in appearance and in his quirky mannerisms). There are tinges of other movie genres in this as well but the director puts the whole project together in a good way that gives is a fresh twist and feeling.

This is a great movie for a Saturday night with a bowl of popcorn and you'll probably tell your friends about it too (I did)."
A rare indy treat
Nathian K. Gormley | Toronto Canada | 11/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These days, the lines between an independent film and a hollywood film are becoming more and more blurred. Films like Little Miss Sunshine and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind boast that indy feel, the themes and look and ideals that come with those trappings, yet they pack some real star power both on and off screen.

Kind of California is another one of those films, but after watching this great little gem of a film, I realized it really doesn't matter if this film is more of an indy flick or a Hollywood flick... in the end, when the movie is this good, who cares?

We could use more films like King of California, no matter who makes them. Michael Douglas and Evan Rachel Wood are fantastic here, at times quirky and manic, other times truly sad and tragic characters. I find it hard to believe anyone could not fall in love with these characters, and in turn not completely enjoy this film.

A must-see, and a must-buy, one of the better surprises of the year, hands down.

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