Critic Consensus: Though it might skew too dour for some viewers, Californication benefits from punchy dialogue and an irresistibly charismatic performance from David Duchovny.
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This dramedy chronicles the carnal escapades of New York City novelist Hank Moody (David Duchovny), who relocates to Los Angeles when one of his books is turned into a movie and he's pegged to work on the screenplay. His move to L.A. reunites him with his teen daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin), and his estranged lover Karen (Natascha McElhone), who is Becca's mother and is now engaged. But that doesn't stop Hank from trying to reconcile. It also doesn't stop him from chasing skirts and bedding… More
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Californication is an imperfect show and much like its protagonist it has the potential to be better than it is.
Fun, in a not-too-taxing, body-beautiful, image-conscious kind of way.
He [Duchovny] delivers a tousled sort of aw-shucks Huck Finn, lighting out for erotic territories. McElhone, manages to convey the notion of adult womanhood without being either drippy or schoolmarmish about it.
The premiere is watchable but not fully arousing, often feeling as clenched, dour and indecisive as its brooding protagonist.
Who really believes that in LA you can't copulate, smoke, drink, go nuts and abuse your way through life without producing lasting art? Maybe that's why Hank hates L.A. It isn't sapping his writerly enlightenment. He just can't hack it.
"Californication" can be unabashedly self-centered, judgmental and off-putting, but it is redeemed by occasional hilarious moments, an appealing father-daughter relationship and Duchovny's skillful creation of a charismatic boor.
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