4.8/10
343
11 user 2 critic

The Californians (2005)

PG | | Drama | 21 October 2005 (USA)
Trailer
2:00 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Jonathan Parker
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Bad Son (TV Movie 2007)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The women in a Seattle serial killer's life often had an unpleasant way of turning up dead - from his girlfriend to his mother-in-law to his second wife. The police and FBI knew who the ... See full summary »

Director: Neill Fearnley
Stars: Catherine Dent, Tom McBeath, Ben Cotton
Teddy Boy (2015)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A grieving affluent couple draws a visiting tennis player and thief into a savage charade where betrayal becomes its own redemption.

Director: Sean Jourdan
Stars: Joey Bicicchi, Deric Gallagher, Huckle Houle
Seduced and Betrayed (TV Movie 1995)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A beautiful but equally dangerous widow won't take "no" for an answer as she draws a dedicated family man into a world of passion, deceit and betrayal, threatening to destroy him in the ... See full summary »

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Stars: Susan Lucci, David Charvet, Mary Ellen Trainor
Maggie Black (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A successful, young writer's first pregnancy is overshadowed by her complicated relationship with reality.

Director: Stanley Brode
Stars: Jessalyn Maguire, Chris Beetem, John Fugelsang
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An interracial teenage couple in the 1950's American South, rob and steal to escape their oppressive town, but when violence erupts they are forced to confront their own dark secrets.

Directors: Nick Chakwin, David Guglielmo
Stars: Freya Tingley, Tom Williamson, Paul Rae
The First (2014)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Sara returns to the island looking for her missing sister. She'll have to decide whether to save her family or stop the invasion.

Director: Jacobo Rispa
Stars: Vivi Pineda, Eva Tamargo, Manuel Uriza
Lace Crater (2015)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A woman encounters a strange presence in a guest house.

Director: Harrison Atkins
Stars: Lindsay Burdge, Peter Vack, Jennifer Kim
My Life as a Dead Girl (TV Movie 2015)
Crime | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A teenager assumes her murdered friend's identity and takes shelter with the girl's estranged family, but her vengeful pimp threatens her new life.

Director: Penelope Buitenhuis
Stars: Cassandra Scerbo, Keegan Connor Tracy, Kirsten Zien
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Noah and Katrina return to the island paradise of Tobago, where they fell in love three years ago. However, when Noah's marriage proposal is rejected, paradise quickly becomes a heartbreaking prison for them both.

Director: Dan Turner
Stars: Sam Hazeldine, Natalia Warner, Tony Marshall
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

When a mysterious man stops a world wide storm with the swipe of his hand, life as we know it changes, and the source of his divine power must be found before humanity self destructs.

Director: Jeremy Walton
Stars: Jeremy Walton, Laura Alexandra Ramos, Valerie Mya
Full of It (2007)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A young kid is forced to live out the lies he told to become popular.

Director: Christian Charles
Stars: Ryan Pinkston, Kate Mara, Teri Polo
Spin Out (2016)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Let Love Take You For A Ride.

Directors: Tim Ferguson, Marc Gracie
Stars: Xavier Samuel, Morgan Griffin, Eddie Baroo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Wyle ... Gavin Ransom
Illeana Douglas ... Olive Ransom
Kate Mara ... Zoe Tripp
Cloris Leachman ... Eileen Boatwright
Joanne Whalley ... Luna
Keith Carradine ... Elton Tripp
Valerie Perrine ... Lenora Tripp
Jane Lynch ... Sybill Platt
Michael Panes ... Marion Pardon
Erika Luckett Erika Luckett ... Mary Ann
Will Marchetti Will Marchetti ... Mayor
Charles Martinet ... City Councilman
Richard Gross ... Contractor
Jarion Monroe ... Architect
Elisabeth Nunziato ... Real Estate Broker
Edit

Storyline

Slick, smug developer Gavin Ransom has a dream: make millions by blanketing the coastal hills of northern California with flamboyant, mini mansions. His sister Olive a raving environmentalist, thinks otherwise, and aims to stop her brother's land gobbling plans. When Zoe Tripp a striking beautiful folk singer, joins Olive's cause, Gavin gets thrown for a loop, falling hard for the striking young woman with the golden voice. Caught between Olive's righteousness and Gavin's affection, the idealistic and innocent Zoe, coached by her parents and a maternal environmentalist must choose between a cause she's grown up supporting, or the affections of a man who stands for everything she believes is wrong. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Taglines:

All is fair in love and real estate.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kaliforniaiak See more »

Filming Locations:

Kentfield, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Parker Film Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Activist: Gavin Ransom, when will you stop cutting down trees?
Gavin Ransom: When people stop living in houses.
See more »

Connections

Remake of The Bostonians (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Ivory Towers
(uncredited)
Sung by Illeana Douglas
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Surprisingly sophisticated for a romantic comedy
16 January 2006 | by mlebauerSee all my reviews

I agree with baxterp and really don't have much more to say, although I can't resist saying something.

Too many movie critics are overly impressed with movies that convey a one sided political perspective and fail to notice how one sided and underdeveloped the characters in such films tend to be. Think Syriana, The American President, The Insider, Erin Brockovich.

What is clever about The Californians is that an ostensibly demonized character, a housing developer, has a sympathetic and warm side, while his sister, an environmental activist, has a jealous and vindictive streak. Even the roles of "developer" and "activist" were shown to have multiple facets.

Finally, the love story between Gavin and Zoe was nicely woven into the above plot twists.

A true sleeper only appreciated by those not blinded by political activism.


5 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed