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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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Applebee's Manager (as Anne Nathan)
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McDonald's Manager
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McDonald's Customer
Ian Hopps ...
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Annie O'Donnell ...
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Jeanie Hackett ...
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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

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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12 September 2007 (France)  »

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El rey de California  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

They actually did film in a Costco, on a working schedule between the hours of 9:00 pm and 9:00 am. Since they were there for such long hours, members of the crew were trying clothes on and looking through the other products so Costco kept a cash register open all night long so that anyone could purchase things. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Charlie: Looking good, man. You lost some weight.
Pepper: It's the chemo.
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Crazy Credits

Carroll Kales Cahill 1925-2006 See more »

Connections

References Der Kaiser von Kalifornien (1936) See more »

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La Negra
Traditional
Performed by Mariachi Tapatio De Jose Malmolejo
Courtesy of Arhoolie Records
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Too silly to be serious,too wistful to be dismissed
1 April 2008 | by (Topeka,Kansas,USA) – See all my reviews

Fifteen-year old Miranda(Evan Rachel Wood,luminescent!!) has had to grow up fast,since her mother left her and her father and said father,Charlie(Michael Douglass,in a word:WOW!) was institutionalized for reasons not entirely made clear but discernible through observation. When Charlie is de-institutionalized,he returns to his daughter with a grand plan to find gold in the hills along the Pacific Coast Highway. She is,in a word,skeptical.

Director and writer Mike Cahill makes a movie that is both at once full of quirk and melancholy,with the daughter as somewhat of a de facto narrator. The quest for finding the treasure,while ridiculous and unquestionably irresponsible,is still almost noble and pure. Wood and Douglass shine very nicely as the estranged,mentally delicate father and daughter duo who haven't stopped loving each other,even if they get each other even less than they did before. A simple story,framed by quirky music(jazz?folk?) and a nearly poetic filming of contemporary California coastline as it contrasts the 16th century maps that Charlie references. Lost in the sea of fall releases from last year,this film is a very pleasant find on the rental shelves.


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