Lisa Schwarzbaum
September 12, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

King of California

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
96 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/14/07
performer
Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood
director
Mike Cahill
distributor
First Look, Millennium
author
MichaelCahill
genre
Drama

We gave it an B+

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.

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