King of California

2007 PG-13 1h 33m DVD

King of California

2007 PG-13 1h 33m DVD
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This quirky comedy chronicles the journey of a delusional father who's convinced that a fabled treasure is buried beneath his Southern California suburb. His delinquent daughter resists his ravings at first, but eventually starts to believe.
Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, Will Rothhaar, Laura Kachergus, Paul Lieber, Kathleen Wilhoite
M. Cahill
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral), English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this indie drama features mature themes about mental illness and parent-child relationships. The main character is a manic depressive who has just been released from a mental institution, and his 16-year-old daughter has quit school and works double shifts to support herself and her dad. There are a few curse words (including a couple of "f--k"s), a little smoking and drinking, one brief kiss, and a disturbing image of a suicide attempt.

Sexual Content

Charlie flirts with a female police officer, who is later shown leaving his house early in the morning. He kisses her and smacks her on the rear end. Miranda attends a "swingers" party, but no swinging is shown.


A disturbing flashback shows Charlie trying to hang himself on a chandelier.


A couple of "f--k"s, plus "s--t" and "a--hole."

Social Behavior

While breaking and entering is an unconventional -- not to mention illegal -- form of bonding between fathers and daughters, the theme of the film is to love and trust your parents, no matter how crazy they might seem.


Costco is prominently featured, as is McDonald's; eBay and Volvo also appear.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Charlie and Pepper smoke cigarettes; Charlie drinks alcohol alone; Miranda is told she's drinking a "virgin" cocktail at a party, but she later feels dizzy and throws up.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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