King of California (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 September 2007 (France)
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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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Applebee's Manager (as Anne Nathan)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 September 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El rey de California  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$35,814 (USA) (14 September 2007)


$263,674 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Chinese Man: [last lines - something in Chinese] ... is California, ha?
Miranda: Excuse me?
Chinese Man: This place, this California, ha?
Miranda: Oh... Yeah.
Chinese Man: [announces to others in Chinese]
Miranda: Welcome.
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Crazy Credits

Carroll Kales Cahill 1925-2006 See more »


Referenced in Impossible Dreams (2011) See more »


49 Women
Written by Jack Sheldon
Performed by The Jack Sheldon California Cool Quartet
Published by Papo Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Butterfly Records
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Wacky but sweet comedy with a delightful Michael Douglas.
7 January 2008 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

King Of California is best described as a wacky but sweet comedy. Michael Douglas is really delightful and that's reason enough to check out this film. He plays one of the most likable characters I've seen in a long time. The plot is so 'out there' I don't even know how to write a plot summary without making it sound like a silly kids movie. When in fact, it's a mature movie, dealing with real issues without ever getting preachy.

Some people have posted threads here on IMDb asking: Is this a comedy? Well, I'm not saying it's a typical American in your face comedy but it sure is funny to me.

Some complaints: Evan Rachel Wood is not really that great of an actress (yet). Of course she's talented but I mean...she was talented four years ago. Now I'm like...when is she finally gonna deliver. To be fair, I haven't seen all of her movies so maybe I should check out some other ones before spewing criticism.

Also, King Of California is one of those movies that left me feeling indifferent. That's not a flaw, it's just the kind of movie KOC is. I like movies that confront me or get me thinking.

I wouldn't recommend it to most of my friends, since I predict about half the people are really gonna like it, and half are gonna find it boring. I would recommend it to more mature people, who like independent films.


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