Michael Douglas is a mental patient on the loose, out to liberate Spanish gold buried beneath a Costco or maybe a Petco or that Applebees over yonder. Bushy-bearded, wild-eyed and dressed like an art-directed hobo, Douglas looks like hes working on a Wonder Boys sequel; if only. Instead, were merely off to Crazytown, with Evan Rachel Wood along for the bumpy ride as Douglass poor, put-upon daughter, who finds her solitary, humdrum existence nights working at McDonalds, days wandering an empty house ruined by the return of her nutty pops. Dad somehow convinces the pragmatic teen to go on late-night roadside scavenger hunts armed with only a metal detector, some old journals, and a gardeners shovel. Hard to tell whats more annoying in this empty character study of eccentrics and the suckers who love them: the braying, blurting soundtrack or Douglas himself, who cant find his way into a man tortured by dull demons. As for Wood, theres but one saving grace: At least she doesnt have to sing Beatles songs, as shes forced to do in Across the Universe. That automatically renders King of California her best bad film of 2007, hands down.
Mike CahillMichael Douglas, Evan Rachel WoodMike CahillGeorge FurlaFirst Look Studios