5.0/10
306
11 user 2 critic

The Californians (2005)

PG | | Drama | 21 October 2005 (USA)
Trailer
2:00 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant, mini mansions. His sister Olive a raving ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ad

Genius (TV Series 2017)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A series which explores how patent clerk Einstein could not get a teaching job or doctorate in his early life, yet managed to go on to solve the secrets of the universe.

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Nicholas Rowe
Full of It (2007)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young kid is forced to live out the lies he told to become popular.

Director: Christian Charles
Stars: Ryan Pinkston, Kate Mara, Teri Polo
Peep World (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Four siblings implode after the release of a book written about them.

Director: Barry W. Blaustein
Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of Ian Hamilton, a dedicated nationalist who reignited Scottish national pride in the 1950s with his daring raid on the heart of England to bring the Stone of Scone back to Scotland.

Director: Charles Martin Smith
Stars: Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Stephen McCole
Joe the King (1999)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A disadvantaged, abused, neglected, exploited but basically decent kid slips into criminality while trying to cope with his harsh, inescapable reality.

Director: Frank Whaley
Stars: Noah Fleiss, Karen Young, Camryn Manheim
Tadpole (2000)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy, Oscar, who falls in love with his stepmother, Eve.

Director: Gary Winick
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford, Kate Mara
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An electronic ankle bracelet and being under house arrest aren't about to stop up-and-coming actress Maggie Chase (Tanna Frederick) from the two things she craves the most: real fame and ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Jaglom
Stars: Tanna Frederick, Noah Wyle, Christopher Rydell
The Open Road (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Movie centers on the adult son of a baseball legend who, together with his girlfriend, embarks on a road trip with his estranged father.

Director: Michael Meredith
Stars: Justin Timberlake, Ted Danson, Harry Dean Stanton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A film about the behind-the-scenes world of Washington politics. A former staffer that has fallen from grace tries to get back in the political game but realizes "there is life above the beltway."

Director: Dave Fraunces
Stars: Tate Donovan, Sarah Clarke, Kip Pardue
Bartleby (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A clueless boss has no idea what to do with his mundane office worker whose refusal of duties only gets worse each passing minute.

Director: Jonathan Parker
Stars: David Paymer, Crispin Glover, Glenne Headly
(Untitled) (2009)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Chelsea art gallerist falls for a brooding new music composer in this comic tale about the state of contemporary art.

Director: Jonathan Parker
Stars: Adam Goldberg, Marley Shelton, Eion Bailey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Erika Luckett ...
Will Marchetti ...
Charles Martinet ...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant, mini mansions. His sister Olive a raving environmentalist, thinks otherwise, and aims to stop her brother's land gobbling plans. When Zoe Tripp a striking beautiful folk singer, joins Olive's cause, Gavin gets thrown for a loop, falling hard for the striking young woman with the golden voice. Caught between Olive's righteousness and Gavin's affection, the idealistic and innocent Zoe, coached by her parents and a maternal environmentalist must choose between a cause she's grown up supporting, or the affections of a man who stands for everything she believes is wrong. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Taglines:

All is fair in love and real estate.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kaliforniaiak  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Activist: Gavin Ransom, when will you stop cutting down trees?
Gavin Ransom: When people stop living in houses.
See more »

Connections

Remake of The Bostonians (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The Californians
(Title Song)
Performed by Craig Carothers
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
quiet gem
31 October 2005 | by (West (BG) Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is a film that fails greatness by a stretch, but is still better than most of the trite by-the-numbers crud churned out by Hollywood for the Spike TV crowd these days. "The Californians" features a few genuinely funny moments and some quietly competent acting by a fine cast. Just when you think you have it pegged as an "ecofreak" movie or a satire on hippy-dippy California culture or a send-up of greedy and insatiable developers, it makes a sharp turn into something else. I have a sneaking sympathy for films that violate expectations and refuse to be pinned down. No easy answers; no car chases; no Star Turns -- can you deal with it?


15 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page