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King of California (2007)

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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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Mike Cahill

Writer:

Mike Cahill

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Charlie
Evan Rachel Wood ... Miranda
Willis Burks II ... Pepper
Laura Kachergus ... Rita
Paul Lieber ... Doug
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Kelly
Anne L. Nathan ... Applebee's Manager (as Anne Nathan)
Arthur Santiago ... McDonald's Manager
Ashley Greene ... McDonald's Customer
Ian Hopps Ian Hopps ... Boy
Anna Khaja ... Officer Contreras
Will Rothhaar ... Security Guard
Annie O'Donnell ... Greeter
Greg Davis Jr. ... Joseph
Jeanie Hackett Jeanie Hackett ... Teacher
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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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You've got to believe in treasure to find it. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 September 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey de California See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,814, 16 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$263,674, 26 October 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

In the flashback scene of Charlie playing the bass, his fingering is completely wrong for the bass notes in the musical cue. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: Catastrophe equals opportunity.
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Carroll Kales Cahill 1925-2006 See more »


Soundtracks

Malambo No. 1
Written by Moises Vivanco
Performed by Yma Sumac
Used by permission of Beechwood Music Corporation (BMI)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under licence from EMI Film & Television Music
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Wacky but sweet comedy with a delightful Michael Douglas.
7 January 2008 | by PanterkenSee all my reviews

King Of California is best described as a wacky but sweet comedy. Michael Douglas is really delightful and that's reason enough to check out this film. He plays one of the most likable characters I've seen in a long time. The plot is so 'out there' I don't even know how to write a plot summary without making it sound like a silly kids movie. When in fact, it's a mature movie, dealing with real issues without ever getting preachy.

Some people have posted threads here on IMDb asking: Is this a comedy? Well, I'm not saying it's a typical American in your face comedy but it sure is funny to me.

Some complaints: Evan Rachel Wood is not really that great of an actress (yet). Of course she's talented but I mean...she was talented four years ago. Now I'm like...when is she finally gonna deliver. To be fair, I haven't seen all of her movies so maybe I should check out some other ones before spewing criticism.

Also, King Of California is one of those movies that left me feeling indifferent. That's not a flaw, it's just the kind of movie KOC is. I like movies that confront me or get me thinking.

I wouldn't recommend it to most of my friends, since I predict about half the people are really gonna like it, and half are gonna find it boring. I would recommend it to more mature people, who like independent films.

6.7/10


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