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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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Storyline

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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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  »

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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

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

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 »

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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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Let's Pretend There's A Moon
Written by Russ Columbo, Jack Stern and Grace Hamilton
Performed by Fats Waller and His Rhythm
Used by permission of Colgems-EMI Music Inc.(ASCAP), WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Winton House Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Bluebird / Novus / RCA Victor
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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A nice little movie where all the things that could have been done wrong weren't...
9 November 2007 | by (United States) – 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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