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King of California

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Quirky dramedy mixes humor and mature themes.

Movie PG-13 2007 93 minutes
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Michael Douglas is charming and convincing as a mentally unstable man who loves his daughter. He and Wood mesh well on screen -- their characters' emotional needs and vulnerabilities are always on full display. Regardless of whether Charlie and Miranda uncover the long-lost treasure, their elaborate scheme to look for it is heartachingly tender to watch.

Douglas, like many other actors who've reached his level of acclaim, can obviously be very choosy about the roles he accepts. Most A-list actors would probably prefer not to star in a directorial debut, but Douglas' unpredictable character in KING OF CALIFORNIA makes it clear why the Oscar winner would take a chance on newbie director Mike Cahill.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 27, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: January 29, 2008
  • Cast: Evan Rachel Wood , Michael Douglas , Willis Burks II
  • Director: Mike Cahill
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Bisexual actors
  • Studio: First Look Pictures
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 93 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some strong language, mature thematic elements and brief drug references.
  • Last updated: October 2, 2023

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