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  • Summary: At the age of 16, Miranda has already had to live with her share of disappointments. Abandoned by her mother, she dropped out of school and has been supporting herself as an employee at McDonald's while her father Charlie 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. He then encourages Miranda to get a job there so that they can plan a way to excavate after hours. (First Look Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Wood is excellent, but this is a career highlight for Douglas. His depiction of the manic Charlie stays surprisingly grounded and prevents the story from being a naive celebration of mental illness as a kind of freedom that it so easily could have become.
  2. Cahill deserves major credit for keeping the story from becoming mawkish or twee. He was also wise enough to realize it's Douglas' show, and as soon as he steps into the frame, you'll know it, too.
  3. 75
    In updating Shakespeare’s "The Tempest," writer-director Mike Cahill focuses on the magic worth finding between a father and daughter. That’s why the film sticks with you. It’s a gift.
  4. 70
    After a 40-year career playing jut-jawed a__holes, Michael Douglas must relish the occasional oddball role: he gave a winning performance as the pot-addled professor in "Wonder Boys," and he seems to be having a ball in this funny debut feature by Mike Cahill.
  5. Part treasure hunt, part disturbia.
  6. 63
    The movie develops in two pieces - one dealing with the quest for the hidden riches and once concentrating on the relationship between father and daughter. The latter works; the former doesn't.
  7. 38
    A caper comedy that forgot to put in the laughs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. DeanP
    Mar 17, 2008
    I love treasure hunt movies and this was no exception. It kept my attention the entire time.
  2. BobN.
    Feb 17, 2008
    I'm giving it a ten just to piss off the dopes who gave it a zero or a 3. It's a good movie,and it demands some emotional stretching on the viewers part. Do the work, for chrissake and you'll be entertained. Expand
  3. PhilipK.
    Aug 5, 2008
    Great vehicle for Michael Douglas. While the plausibility of the story is admittedly far-fetched, the film did not take itself too seriously, which enabled it to make its points about the socitey's definition of sanity and the suffocating encroachment of suburban development and modern merchandising of food (McDonalds) and goods (Costco) in a poignant way. Thus, it's entirely understandable that a certifiably crazy person (by modern society's standards) seeks treasure from California's historic past underneath the concrete floor of a Costco ('They've got everything...'), and finds it. Expand
  4. AdamL.
    Sep 20, 2007
    Wow. Three zeros already. I guess the "Don't like it give it a 0, like it give it a 10" crowd is out early today. I wish you armchair film critics would just go crawl into a cave and die. Expand
  5. JustinH.
    May 3, 2008
    Good for what it is, and very watchable, but lacking in overall depth of characters and story line. After the first thirty minutes the story doesn't go much further that what is already established. Expand
  6. JayK
    Feb 7, 2008
    Narration is TERRIBLE, very much like that in "Into the Wild"; somehow they made Wood seem like she was just some crappy 17-year-old actress. Michael Douglass is okay, but his character has zero dynamic range. "Manic daddy!" The script and direction are cheesmo. Camera work is lame. Pretty mediocre. Probably made my life a tiny bit worse. A lot of people will probably like it. :) Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Sep 15, 2007
    It sucked. An unlikable movie.

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