The Californians

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4.81 h 31 min2005PG
Caught between Olive's righteousness and Gavin's affection, the idealistic and innocent Zoe must choose between a cause she's grown up supporting, or the affections of a man who stands for everything she believes is wrong.
Directors
Jonathan Parker
Starring
Noah WyleIlleana DouglasKate Mara
Genres
ComedyDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Jane Lynch
Producers
Catherine DiNapoli
Studio
All Channel Films, Inc.
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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3.3 out of 5 stars

27 global ratings

  1. 36% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 25% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 11% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 19% of reviews have 1 stars
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Chad MReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
a short escape to a world of musically talented activists
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I enjoyed this film and its mix of music, romance, and comedy. Delightful Kara Mara is the star of this one. In addition to being to a short escape to a fictional world in coastal California, the film carries some messages about ecology and activism. The housing declines post 2008 provide another angle for this film.

The movie provides some levity to the often contentious real-world nature of activism and protests. For people who have years of activism and protests under their belts, this movie is a nice reminder of the spirit and fun of why one started in the first place.
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CordeliaReviewed in the United States on June 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Winners and whiners, which are you?
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Henry James, The Bostonians?! Please read this great work of literature to understand the themes more deeply. (Fyi, James is one of the finest American writers. Please read him. Just put the
book in a brown cover to protect yourself from wild accusations of so-called white privelege. 💙)
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Michael L ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious, Touching, and Poignant: GREAT MOVIE!!!
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We live in Northern California and live this movie everyday! It is so very true to the reality of this crazy melting pot. More than that, though, I love the core message of the movie: Although it pits Hippies/New Agers/Enviro-Tree Huggers vs. Greedy Developer/Big Business Corporate Moneyhounds, the two main characters show that with a little understanding and love, we can find a solution that works for everyone!
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Bob G.Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Story of Conflicting Values
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Interesting that this film was made at the height of the Surreal Estate Bubble in 2006 created by criminal theft of the rightful incomes of elderly interest income dependent retired for the benefit of frauds and thieves selling "homes" to people who couldn't conceivably afford the mortgages. Olive was a typical example of those who pretend to be saving the environment while criminally attacking not only the humans they oppose but often the environment itself. Meanwhile Gavin totally identified his *self* with the processes in which he was engaged before being foreclosed upon. For the younger than either of them Zoe to understand let alone choose between their diametrically opposed strategies of the brother/sister pair seemed improbable. Yet Zoe's interest in nature reformed Gavin's process orientation and even Olive managed to start speaking for herself instead of abusing a young human voice to sell her negative message. The film actually had little to do with the title state which is so criminally corrupt with felony tax evading "religion" gangs that it bankrupts its cities and towns for the purpose of supporting slave mongering, hate mongering against male citizens subversions of human and civil rights. But it was a beautiful story of conflicting value systems and how one young person dealt with them.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Cute
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Cute but predictable. Great music
Elwood BelzerReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2016
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Two Stars
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It just wasn't movie that I cared for.
Linda AustinReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2016
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Three Stars
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It was alright!
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CarolReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2016
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Just okay.
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