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King of California

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Mike Cahill

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Plot Summary

Michael Douglas stars as a treasure-hunting eccentric in this Alexander Payne-produced comedy from director Michael Cahill. Recently released from a mental institution and reunited with his teenage daughter, Miranda (Evan Rachel Wood), Charlie (Douglas) decides there's century's old gold buried near their lower-middle-class neighborhood, and sets out on an obsessive quest to find it. Along the way, the estranged parent and child rekindle a long-lost bond with each other. Featuring a score by David Robbins, King of California screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 67
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 25
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: ...Cahill wins me over with this poignant depiction of a tender father-daughter relationship. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 29, 2007

Rotten: A flaky, tedious, intermittently likable fable about being crazy in a crazy world. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Fresh: The film, in its own off-center way, is worth seeing, if only because of the zealotry of the Douglas performance and the pluck of Evan Rachel Wood. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Writer-director Mike Cahill explores Charlie's foolishness with funny-sad fondness. – Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

great movie

I loved the movie - brings up some funny and not-so-funny memories of my childhood and my own very excentric father (not sure if he has a bipolar disorder or a form of schizophrenia - he has never been professionally diagnosed or treated). This movie is a must-watch for anyone who has struggled and coped with mental disorders or simply has excentric family members or friends (and i think we all at least know a quirky friend or two) It is funny, but not the slap-stick funny. This movie is grounded in reality and leaves you thinking about it for a while after waching.

difficult subject matter to tackle

Most folks in the 95th percentile will not "get" the subject of this movie (as evident in some of the previous reviews). It's about a daughter having to deal with a father who has no redeemable value. Dad repeatedly disappoints despite daughter's attempts to love unconditionally. Finally, after giving him chance after chance to redeem himself, he surprises her at last. --a lesson in long-suffering with a parent with whom you don't see eye to eye.

great movie

it's just good.. oh, and the person who gave it one star gave positive reviews to miley cyrus, ashley tisdale, and vanessa hudgens so don't take that review into account and let it stop you from seeing this movie (: