• Publication date: February 18, 2010

He�s Lost His Mind, But Not His Dream A Daughter Joins Father In A Literally Insane Treasure Hunt

Burgeoning director Mike Cahill brings viewers 2007�s �King of California,� a psychological comedy that manages to not only induce laughs, but also touch hearts. Michael Douglas, known for his roles in classics like �Fatal Attraction� (1987), �The War of the Roses� (1989), and �Basic Instinct� (1992) plays Charlie, a manic-depressive, recently released mental patient.

Burgeoning director Mike Cahill brings viewers 2007�s �King of California,� a psychological comedy that manages to not only induce laughs, but also touch hearts. Michael Douglas, known for his roles in classics like �Fatal Attraction� (1987), �The War of the Roses� (1989), and �Basic Instinct� (1992) plays Charlie, a manic-depressive, recently released mental patient.

His daughter, Miranda (Evan Rachel Wood) has managed to survive on her own during Charlie�s two-year institutionalization, working long hours at a local McDonald�s. This by itself is no small feat, especially since Miranda�s mother abandoned her shortly after Charlie�s departure from the home. Still in her teens the young girl ducks regularly from authorities, who suspect neither of her parents are present. With some ingenuity, however, she manages to fool them repeatedly.

Miranda�s once middle-class neighborhood is transforming into an upper-class suburb; bills are subsequently increasing and her ability to stay there is a constant struggle. So when her mentally ill father returns to live with her, she is not especially thrilled � despite loving him. While Charlie may be Miranda�s father she, more often than not, must play the role of both parent and daughter.

Despite Charlie�s hospital discharge and proud proclamation that he is cured, Miranda is not particularly convinced. With an unkempt beard and hair he is fixated on locating a deceased explorer�s hidden treasure. Using information from the Internet, loaned books, and surveying tools he determines that the fortune is located underneath a Costco. Miranda is reluctant to accept her father�s idea at first, though with time she becomes entangled in Charlie�s scheme.

Eventually Miranda�s dad convinces her to seek employment at Costco, hoping that she can manage to steal the store�s key. Snatching the key is no simple task, but neither is digging six feet deep into the store�s concrete floor. In the end, will the young girl find herself not only out of a job, but also out of her mind, along with dad?

Although the film did not receive wide release most major critics lauded it; 64% of Rotten Tomatoes� top critics gave �King of California� a favorable review. The picture�s soundtrack features songs by John Coltrane, Seals and Crofts, Bud Powell, Fats Waller, Yma Sumac, and Billy Bragg and Wilco.

�King of California� is rated PG-13 for some strong language, mature thematic elements, and brief drug references. Its runtime is 93 minutes.