Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Douglas
Charlie: Alright, I’m an a**hole, that has been established.
Miranda: NOT to the extent that I’m about to establish it!!
After being released from a mental hospital, Charlie (Douglas) drags his daughter Miranda (Wood) along on a search for a treasure that he is convinced he’s figured out the location of.
It’s roles like this that make me wonder why Michael Douglas let himself get involved in all those somewhat sleazy kinds of roles he played in the 80s and 90s. I’ve always preferred his more likable characters, like the ones he played in Romancing the Stone, The American President, and now King of California. True, this character is pretty off-center, but he means well. He’s a guy you root for, and you understand why his daughter would stick by him when it would be easier to just walk away.
Evan Rachel Wood also does a very good job with a more down to earth role. She can do a lot with a subtle expression or a simple look. I liked her character too, and two likable lead characters usually goes a long way to making a good movie.
And that’s what this is, a good movie. Not great, but good. The story is simple, and somewhat predictable, but the journey along the way is pleasant and funny. It’s well acted and well filmed, though it does feel a little rushed at times. It seems like it skips forward from scene to scene at times before we’ve really established the importance of the previous scene.
Overall, this isn’t a particularly important, or even believable, film, and it won’t make your heart swell or bring you to your knees with laughter, but it’s an enjoyable enough way to spend an hour and a half.
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10 – 1.4 for a few unbelievable plot aspects – 1 for a few slow moments – .6 for maybe being over-edited and rushed at times = 7.0