King of California

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"You've got to believe in treasure to find it."
  • PG-13
  • 2007
  • 6.6  (23,554)
  • 63

The movie King of California is a quirky and eccentric dramedy directed by Michael Cahill and starring Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, and Willis Burks II. The film explores the unlikely relationship that forms between a mentally unstable father and his wayward daughter over their shared obsession for buried treasure in California.

The film begins with Charlie (Michael Douglas), a recent mental health patient, being released from a psychiatric hospital and returning home to find his daughter, Miranda (Evan Rachel Wood), living on her own. Miranda is a high school dropout who works at a McDonald's fast food chain and is forced to take on the role of an adult when her father leaves her with the house and bills to take care of.

However, Charlie's return is not just to reconnect with his daughter, as he believes that there is buried treasure near their home that he has spent years researching. Initially, Miranda is skeptical about her father's treasure-hunting schemes, but as her father's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, she becomes curious and decides to join him in his wild-goose chase.

The rest of the film is about the father-daughter duo's journey through the Californian mountains in search of buried Spanish gold, which they believe was left behind after a group of explorers passed through the area nearly two centuries ago. Along the way, they meet several colorful characters who provide comic relief and add to the whimsical nature of the film.

As the treasure hunt progresses, the relationship between Miranda and Charlie deepens, and she begins to perceive her father in a different light, realizing that the man she once saw as insane is actually driven by his dreams and passions. Charlie, on the other hand, comes to appreciate Miranda's practicality and resourcefulness.

What follows is a touching and heartwarming tale of two individuals, each seeking something that could help them reclaim their place in the world. For Charlie, it is the treasure, the key to his lifelong dream, while for Miranda, it is acceptance and the love of her father.

The film's plot is cohesive, precise, and deepens as the story progresses, with well-crafted dialogues and believable characters. Michael Douglas's portrayal of Charlie is the highlight of the film, and he brings a lot of depth and charm to his character. Evan Rachel Wood, known for her intense acting ability, does not disappoint either, as she lends an authenticity to her character that is both poignant and relatable.

All in all, the movie King of California is a bittersweet tale about the fragility of the human spirit, and the vitality of the human heart. It is a film that touches upon themes of love, obsession, and loss, and does so in a way that is remarkably funny, fresh and endearing. It is a must-watch for all those looking for a spirit-lifting cinematic experience that will leave them with a smile on their face.

King of California is a 2007 comedy. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 63.

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