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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

According to Michael Douglas, the film was shot in 31 days. See more »

Goofs

Young Miranda is left handed while older Miranda is right handed. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: Miranda, did you go to that orgie?
Miranda: I... it was a barbecue.
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Carroll Kales Cahill 1925-2006 See more »

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References JAG (1995) See more »

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Train
Written by Perry Robertson and Kelly Zirbes
Performed by Kelly's Lot
Published by Frankie's Chew Toy Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of PK Entertainment, Inc.
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A nice little movie where all the things that could have been done wrong weren't...
9 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

It was too easy to expect a rug-chewing performance from Michael Douglas as a crazy person, and an exasperated, eye-rolling two-dimensional "oh I'm so put-upon by the world" job from Evan Rachel Wood.

Thankfully, those clichés were avoided in this poignant and ultimately joyful and uplifting (thank God!) story of quiet nobility, personal vision and purpose, and underlying love and strength amongst otherwise "broken" people.

It's refreshing to go into a theatre not expecting much and coming out enlightened by the combined vision of the actors, writer, director, and cinematographer.

Bravo to all involved, and here's hoping to see a strong presence at the Academy Awards.


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