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King of California
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Directed By
Mike Cahill

Written By:
Mike Cahill

Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, Allisyn Ashley Arm, Gerald Emerick, Max Lee, Angel Oquendo, Will Rothhaar, Mousa Kraish, Branden Weslee Kong, Tarri Markell, Wes Sabo, Anne L. Nathan, Ashley Greene, Paul Lieber, Anna Khaja, Ho-Kwan Tse, Victor J. Ho, Willis Burks II, Jeanie Hackett, Willis Chung, Greg Davis Jr., Jeanie Hackett, Laura Kachergus, David J. O'Donnell

King of California (2007)
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Movie Review by Tim
July 4th, 2008

Seen Better, Seen Worse!

Favorite Movie Quote: "You don't take anything seriously do you? You think the world is just here for your amusement!"

Well honestly I only watched this because Michael Douglas was in it. Even the plot synopsis on the back didn't really sound THAT interesting but I figured since it had ran a course on the Sundance circuit that maybe it would turn out to be pretty good and with Douglas starring I figured it would be at least decent.

Its not a bad film I just really got confused with the point of the film. Douglas plays this sort of looney dad that was locked up in a mental institute for a couple years while his daughter who was still a minor dropped out of school and raised herself. While he was locked up he started reading books on some buried gold doubloon and makes it his goal when he gets out to find it.

His daughter basically has put up with him doing crazy off the wall sh*t their whole life and he is always getting them into a bind. So its not surprising at all when he wants to break into a Cotsco store because he believes the treasure is buried under it.

So the story really is trying to get the audience to see the relationship between the daughter and father. She is a great kid who has had a pretty rough life and he is this father who loves his daughter but really makes things hard on her just making bad decision.

I got pretty bored with it at times and was pretty close to not even finishing it. The characters were not polished and the story just seemed really bland with nothing special about it. I would not sit through it again and the ending is the worst part of all. It leaves you hanging on TWO very important issues that I wont get into because it gives the ending away (although its really not worth trying to be surprised about.)

Like my title says....Seen better, Seen Worse..

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