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The Californians (2005)

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Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant, mini mansions. His sister Olive a raving ... See full summary »

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Jonathan Parker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Wyle ... Gavin Ransom
Illeana Douglas ... Olive Ransom
Kate Mara ... Zoe Tripp
Cloris Leachman ... Eileen Boatwright
Joanne Whalley ... Luna
Keith Carradine ... Elton Tripp
Valerie Perrine ... Lenora Tripp
Jane Lynch ... Sybill Platt
Michael Panes ... Marion Pardon
Erika Luckett Erika Luckett ... Mary Ann
Will Marchetti Will Marchetti ... Mayor
Charles Martinet ... City Councilman
Richard Gross ... Contractor
Jarion Monroe ... Architect
Elisabeth Nunziato ... Real Estate Broker
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Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant, mini mansions. His sister Olive a raving environmentalist, thinks otherwise, and aims to stop her brother's land gobbling plans. When Zoe Tripp a striking beautiful folk singer, joins Olive's cause, Gavin gets thrown for a loop, falling hard for the striking young woman with the golden voice. Caught between Olive's righteousness and Gavin's affection, the idealistic and innocent Zoe, coached by her parents and a maternal environmentalist must choose between a cause she's grown up supporting, or the affections of a man who stands for everything she believes is wrong. Written by Anonymous

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based on novel | See All (1) »

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All is fair in love and real estate.

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Drama

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

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21 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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A kaliforniaiak See more »

Filming Locations:

Kentfield, California, USA See more »

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Parker Film Company See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Activist: Gavin Ransom, when will you stop cutting down trees?
Gavin Ransom: When people stop living in houses.
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Remake of The Bostonians (1984) See more »

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Ivory Towers
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Sung by Illeana Douglas
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Disjointed
9 March 2006 | by jisyourpadreSee all my reviews

I live in Marin County where this flick was filmed and was an extra in it. I remember watching Jonathan Parker direct his actors and thinking, "This is gonna look better in the finished product. It HAS to." Because what I was seeing looked laughably amateurish. If not for the presence of name actors like Noah Wylie and Illiana Douglas, I would have assumed I was watching the production of a student film.

Well, when this baby finally hit screens at the Mill Valley Film Festival, I was surprised to find my suspicions had been correct: no amount of editing or re-packaging was gonna polish this turd.

What's too bad about all this is that, at its core, the movie had some good ideas. The ongoing battle between slick, greedy developers and aging, environmentalist hippie boomers is a very real one here in the Bay Area, and there's ample hypocrisy and fodder for satire on both sides.

But Parker gets lost in a sea of tired clichés and labored, talky dialog and in the end can't decide what kind of movie he wants to make. Is it a satire of the tug-of-war between progress and preservation and the colorful players involved? Or is it a sappy, love-triangle romance? Or how about the tale of a short-sighted man's redemption by way of a flighty young songbird? The Californians tries to be all these things (and more) and ends up being nothing more than a muddled, uneven mess.


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