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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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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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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)


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

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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


Miranda: When my father moved away, I lived alone in our house. Which was not exactly normal, but at least I had a routine. Before, when he was home, I could never exactly get comfortable, because it always felt like something was about to happen.
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Golden Performances
30 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The King of Calinfornia features excellent performances and character development from Michale Douglass and Evan Rachel Wood. Douglass' character is especially weird and wacky, but respectable. The film is very slow moving, but enjoyable. The film is definitely not as it appears to be about the extrinsic treasure hunt. Rather is more of an intrinsic hunt for the relationship and love between a misguided father, and his prematurely grown-up daughter.

The film has a great balance of drama and humor, with just a touch of adventurous excitement. Other posts have similar offerings regarding the quality and depth of this film.

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