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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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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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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 »

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When they turn on the lights in the dark Costco, it instantly becomes brightly lit. In reality, HID lamps are very dim when first switched on and require several minutes to warm up and reach full brightness. See more »

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Miranda: Animals were popping up in the most unlikely places. Someone at work said she saw a deer in the cosmetics aisle at Target.
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Carroll Kales Cahill 1925-2006 See more »

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49 Women
Written by Jack Sheldon
Performed by The Jack Sheldon California Cool Quartet
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Sweet and Funny
5 March 2008 | by (Long Beach, CA) – 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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