King of California

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Released 2007

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Director:
Mike Cahill
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
King of California is a comedic drama about the relationship between a father and a daughter. Miranda (Evan Rachel Wood) is sixteen and already on the road to nowhere. Having dropped out of school, she survives by flipping burgers. Her mother is nowhere to be found. Her father, Charlie (Michael Douglas), is in a mental institution. He is discharged, but it is clear that his instability is far from cured. Convinced that lost Spanish treasure is buried under the local Costco, he seeks his daughter's help, talking her into applying for work there so they can find a way to excavate. Although she does not believe him, she nonetheless begins to realize that cooperating will give him one last chance to achieve his dreams. Is the gold real, or is Charlie simply a deluded madman desperately clutching an illusion? The movie is the writing and directing debut of Mike Cahill.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The strange, funny and sad story of a bipolar jazz musician and his long-suffering teenage daughter, reunited after his two-year stay in a mental institution.

  • 70

    Variety

    Douglas is a manic joy, and Wood manages to hang on for the ride.

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    King of California may look and feel realistic, but it is really a Don Quixote-like fable about nonconformity and pursuing your impossible dream to the very end.

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