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King of California (2007) In this surprisingly fresh handling of indie quirk, an unstable, jazz-musician father (Michael Douglas) enlists his long-suffering,teenage daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) in a search for… 2007-09-14 PG-13 PT96M Drama Michael Douglas Evan Rachel Wood First Look Millennium
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King of California (2007)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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ORO HISTORY Michael Douglas is golden as a dad who enlists his teen daughter to join him on a quest for Spanish gold buried under…
ORO HISTORY Michael Douglas is golden as a dad who enlists his teen daughter to join him on a quest for Spanish gold buried under a discount warehouse store in King of California
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Sep 14, 2007; Rated: PG-13; Length: 96 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Michael Douglas and Evan Rachel Wood; Distributors: First Look and Millennium

In this surprisingly fresh handling of indie quirk, an unstable, jazz-musician father (Michael Douglas) enlists his long-suffering,teenage daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) in a search for Spanish gold buried under a banal Costco. Much of the fizz in King of California, writer-director Mike Cahill's feature debut about the thin line between California dreamin' and real mental illness, comes from a liberated Douglas — loose, hairy, and having a blast — as the Don Quixote dad. It's as if the star finally gets to integrate all his onscreen personas, all at once.

Originally posted Sep 12, 2007 Published in issue #955 Sep 21, 2007 Order article reprints