In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.
Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life killer in the back seat of their car.Written by
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This is the second of two films in which Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis co-starred together and played a criminal couple. The first was the TV film Too Young to Die? (1990). They started dating while shooting "Too Young to Die?" in 1989, when Lewis was 16 years old and Pitt was 26. The relationship ended in 1993, shortly after "Kalifornia" was released. Director Dominic Sena didn't know that Lewis and Pitt were a couple when he cast them. He was looking for someone to play Adele when he saw Lewis in "Too Young to Die?", and immediately wanted her for his film. While searching for an actor to play Early Grayce, Sena noticed Pitt in "Thelma & Louise". See more »
When Early Grayce flicks the bug/cockroach from the restaurant counter onto the grill, the bug is alive when he flicks it, but it doesn't squirm or struggle when it hits the hot grill surface. See more »
[at the gunshot which Early has just killed Walter]
What was that?
Nothing, Brian. It was just the thunder.
[then to self]
Oh my God.
[to Early who's dragging Carrie along]
Hey, Early, what the fuck are you doing? We talked about this.
Oh, Brian. You gonna like this one. Get in. Big fella you riding shotgun. Adele, you drive.
[throws Carrie into backseat with him]
What's going on? What are you doing?
[motions Brian to get in car]
Come on bud, let's go. Get us out of here mama.
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European release and US video/laserdisc unrated versions feature about one minute of additional violent footage not present in US theatrical R-rated version. Unrated version of sex scene between Brian and Carrie is slightly longer and more explicit than the R rated version. See more »
Kalifornia came out in 1993, just as 3 of the 4 lead characters were up and coming to the levels of fame they now possess in 2006. This is a nice psycho-thriller that should appeal to all David Duchovny fans because of his dry and intelligent narratives that find their ways into his work, like with most of his episodes of the X-Files, Playing God, and Red Shoe Diaries.
People who were put off by the heavy southern accent from Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis' characters obviously have never spent much time in the south. For every "Brian and Carrie" in the south, there is an "Adele and Early" and in 2006, that's the real horror of this flick.
Aside from that, I think the film was written with a cult film intention - like with Carrie's photography, it's not suitable for mass consumption. But if you have a copy of this in your personal library, I think it says something positive about your tastes for freaky movies.
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