The Californians (2006)

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A battle between real estate moguls and environmental activists takes an unexpected turn into affairs of the heart in this satiric update of Henry James' The Bostonians. Gavin Ransom (Noah Wyle) is a successful real estate developer who has made a tidy fortune putting up gated communities filled with expensive suburban homes all over California. Ransom intends to put up another such development in the as-yet-untouched hillsides of Northern California's Marin County, and, just as he's expected, a number of folks living nearby are objecting to the project, including his sister Olive (Illeana Douglas), an environmental activist who has sided with longtime resident Eileen Boatwright (Cloris Leachman) and progressive lawyer Sybil (Jane Lynch) against the development. Olive and her compatriots get some unexpected support when Zoe Tripp (Kate Mara), a modern folk singer and the daughter of old-school Marin County hippies (Keith Carradine and Valerie Perrine), takes an interest in their protests and begins singing out against Gavin's proposal with guitar in hand. Gavin unexpectedly finds himself growing powerfully infatuated with Zoe, and Olive, a long-closeted lesbian, is equally taken with her; consequently, as the siblings battle against building several dozen cookie-cutter mansions, they also wage a private war for the affections of the young songstress. The Californians was directed by Jonathan Parker, who when not busy with film projects is himself a California real estate developer.
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Cast

Cloris Leachman
as Eileen Boatwright
Keith Carradine
as Elton Tripp
Illeana Douglas
as Olive Ransom
Valerie Perrine
as Lenora Tripp
Noah Wyle
as Gavin Ransom
Jane Lynch
as Sybill Platt
Michael Panes
as Marion Pardon
Kate Mara
as Zoe Tripp
Jarion Monroe
as Architect
Richard Gross
as Contractor
Erika Luckett
as Mary Ann
Elisabeth Nunziato
as Real Estate Broker
Charles Martinet
as City Councilman
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Critic Reviews for The Californians

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

So leaden and obvious it's too somnambulant to be funny.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Largely due to a loose, inconsistent script by Parker and Catherine di Napoli, it plays like a formulaic TV movie.

October 20, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The film's edge gets softer as it goes - - in ways that might baffle all but the granola-scarfing well-heeled hippies it seemed to be parodying.

Full Review… | October 20, 2005
Variety
Top Critic

A very funny film ... skewers the sacred cow of environmentalism, a religion worshiped in LaLa Land.

Full Review… | October 18, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Californians

Silly character relationships, a bland and unbelievable romance, no chemistry, added to a pouty, young idealist as the main character will give you a headache. If the plot doesn't get you, the bad music will. On the good side, there are some very pretty scenes of San Francisco.

Kelly Taylor
Kelly Taylor

I found the film very irritating. Just the idea of a singing environmentalist falling for a housing deleloper is turn off. Illeana Douglas' character was the most irritating part of the film. The film is simply ridiculous.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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