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King of California - Preview

King of California

Preview by Jack Foley

KING Of California stars Michael Douglas as a fresh-out-of-the-mental institution father, and Evan Rachel Wood as his emancipated teenage daughter, as they venture together on a quest for an ancient Spanish treasure buried beneath their local Costco in this darkly funny, exciting and surprisingly hopeful take on the modern family and the American dream.

Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Mike Cahill and produced by Oscar-winner Alexander Payne (Sideways), the film makes its debut on DVD on June 2, 2008, from Revolver Entertainment.

At the age of 16, Miranda (Wood) has already had to live with her share of disappointments. Abandoned by her mother, she’s dropped out of school and has been supporting herself as an employee at McDonald’s while her father Charlie (Douglas) resides in a mental institution.

When Charlie is released and sent back to their home, Miranda finds the relatively peaceful existence she’s built for herself completely disrupted.

Charlie has become obsessed with the notion that the long-lost treasure of Spanish explorer Father Juan Florismarte Garces is buried somewhere near their suburban California housing unit.

Armed with a metal detector and a stack of treasure-hunting books, Charlie soon finds reason to believe that the gold resides underneath the local Costco, and encourages Miranda to get a job there so that they can plan a way to excavate after hours.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 93mins
UK DVD Release: June 2, 2009