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King of California (2007)

An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia.

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A fresh-out-of-the-mental institution father and his emancipated teenage daughter venture together on a quest for an ancient Spanish treasure buried beneath their local Costco in this take on the modern family and the American dream. Written by Anonymous

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We're All Searching for Something ... See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, mature thematic elements and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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12 September 2007 (France)  »

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El rey de California  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,814, 16 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$263,674, 26 October 2007
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Trivia

The screenplay written by Michael Cahill was entered into the 2004 American Zoetrope Screenwriting contest and though didn't win, was a finalist. See more »

Goofs

Hmm...this, however, could be a DEBIT card with a MasterCard logo, which Costco does accept. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: Breaking and entering makes everything taste... different. Makes it taste, um, livelier.
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Carroll Kales Cahill 1925-2006 See more »

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Referenced in Impossible Dreams (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

California Stars
Written by Woody Guthrie, Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett
Performed by Billy Bragg and Wilco
Published by Woody Guthrie Publications (ASCAP), Titanic Majesties Music (ASCAP)
administered by Bug, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing , o/b/o itself
Ver Music and Words Ampersand Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film and TV Licensing
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Sweet and Funny
5 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely loved "King of California." It is sweet and really funny. The characters are flawed, but lovable.

There are basically two characters in the film. Michael Douglas plays Charlie who has just spent 2 years in a mental institution. Apparently the entire time he was there he was in the library researching lost buried treasure from the Spanish missionaries that was left in Ventura, California.

Evan Rachel Wood plays his 16-year-old daughter, Miranda, who had to drop out of school so she could work double shifts at McDonalds to support herself and pay the mortgage to avoid losing the house. She is world weary and bitter at never having a proper childhood and having to be the adult in the relationship.

Eventually Charlie convinces her of the validity of the buried treasure and there is a bonding as they search for the lost treasure that leads them to the depths of a local Costco warehouse.

The performances are great. Michael Douglas is all bug-eyed and crazy. Evan Rachel Wood adds to her "indie cred." Along with "Pretty Persuasion" and "Down in the Valley," she could be the next Parker Posey.

This is one of the best films of 2007. Make sure not to miss it.


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