King of California
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At the age of 16, Miranda has already had to live with her share of disappointments. Abandoned by her mother, she's dropped out of school and has been supporting herself as an employee at McDonald's while her father Charlie resides in a mental institution. When Charlie is released and sent back to their home, Miranda finds the relatively peaceful existence she's built for herself completely disrupted. Charlie has become obsessed with the notion that the long-lost treasure of Spanish explorer Father Juan Florismarte Garces is buried somewhere near their suburban California housing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The most remarkable thing about King of California is how the characters grow on you, and how their quixotic quest becomes ours."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Rambunctious and rousing from beginning to end, the hugely entertaining King of California offers Michael Douglas his best role since Traffic."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"For an 'adventure movie' full of quirk, King of California can feel a bit flat."
‑ Heather Huntington,
" of those efforts that's destined to improve on subsequent viewings."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The clunky King of California leaves you with all the satisfaction of hitting caliche in your backyard."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"King of California means to be the jewel in the crown of indie-flick quirkiness, but it's really just a bauble with ambition."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Intermittedly entertaining if mostly contrived."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"It's barely distinguishable from the many other independent films about eccentric people who do odd things, but hey, it ain't bad."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"The story is simple, sometimes to a fault, and ultimately Cahill doesn't quite pull off all of the majesty that he attempts. But, I'm excited to see what he'll come up with next."
‑ Toddy Burton, Austin Chronicle
"Writer-director Mike Cahill explores Charlie's foolishness with funny-sad fondness."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"While the project certainly has its clever aspects, the bulk of the credit goes to Douglas."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"'The King of California' is an easily-entertaining film that features two bravura performances. Douglas plays the character of the loony treasure-hunter Charlie with zest, passion, comedy and, well, hyperactivity - its Jack Colton post-drugs, if you will"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Quirky dramedy mixes humor and mature themes."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"As scripted and directed by Mike Cahill, King of California reveals itself to be a moving, bemusing gem embellished by standout work from Douglas and the habitually marvellous Evan Rachel Wood."
‑ Kevin Williamson, Jam! Movies
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