Kalifornia (1993) - Crime, Drama, Thriller

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A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Dominic Sena
Stars: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis
Length: 117 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 27 out of 169 found boring (15.97%)

One-line Reviews (107)

Gripping and disturbing.

Overall I enjoyed this film and found it to be very entertaining.

He seemed to be acting the same throughout the film: when mixing cocktails for his boring buddies as when he was when taunting Pitt in the mine.

His performance (like all his performances) is incredibly bland and unemotional and I feel he was miscast in this role.

During the journey to California, he slowly starts to become aware of the real nature of his travelling companions and things turn extremely violent and scary before he discovers why he has such an intense interest in killing and also has to re-think some of his long-held views.

Pitt and Lewis both give stunning performances in this movie.

But this lazy script and contrived story insults the performances and badly wastes their talent.

This is a good movie with lots of predictable but enjoyable thriller moments.

The theme of their road trip is a somewhat pretentious one - to visit, "experience," and photograph landmark sites where "legendary" murders took place.

I remember some emotionally intense Duchovny voice-overs.

It's not a particularly dumb movie, a pointless slasher product, despite its fashionably misspelled title.

It's fascinating to watch, even as it deliberately paces itself for close to two hours.

Overall, however, "Kalifornia" is an entertaining film, thanks to a clever concept, great scenery, especially in the second half, good cinematography, great dialogue, and that wonderful performance by Juliette Lewis.

A disturbing and intriguing film.

Decent, entertaining road-movie with a memorable Pitt-performance.

Early sees her watching and the eye exchange between the two riveting.

A truly fascinating character study with a gripping story.

It's a tense suspenseful thriller that we know will come to no good.

It's a harbinger for the "torture porn" movies that were still a couple years off, only far more self-aware and pretentious than any of them (though they suck too).

Some of my friends found it disturbing, but I just treat it as entertaining fiction.

Nevertheless they press on with their adventure and things unfold in a predictable manner in support of a creepy thriller.

Now it gets too predictable.

Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis' memorable performances ensure that the film isn't a total waste of time, both actors taking 'poor white trash' to a whole new (and sometimes hilarious) level, and there are one or two effectively shocking outbursts of violence, but this is an ultimately empty experience that says much less about its subject matter than it would have you believe.

But the two performances are worth the admission alone, and even though it gets increasingly violent, which I'm not into, it gets increasingly interesting and gripping as it goes.

The problem about this movie that focuses on only four characters is that two are boring (David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes) and one is completely annoying (Juliette Lewis).

Pretty boy Brad Pitt is almost unrecognisable as Early, sometimes over the top (with his trademark little mannerisms thrown in) but he nails the character and is genuinely creepy, repulsive and yet somewhat fascinating.

all the actors must've been bored or had no fame at the time.

Gritty, intense, and satisfying .

Duchovny's change is formulaic.

Pitt's performance is at once shocking, scary and pleasing because it's entertaining.

The cliché Hollywood, reflected way too often in this screenplay, almost always draws strong female leads as two dimensional at best, usually cutesy girls who think their physical appearance and using emotional blackmail whenever they need to "really express themselves" is enough.

A dreary narration from David Duchovny's obnoxious yuppie is intended to make events seem more profound, but only serves to make the film seem highly pretentious.

It gets quite boring at parts where you start wondering what went wrong.

Ignore the obviously contrived accents and focus on the characters themselves and I think most people (who like the genre) will find this a worthwhile film.

She's the best thing about this movie, which, aside from her, is a fairly predictable, completely unbelievable attempt at your standard serial killer on the road horror flick.

"Kalifornia" progresses in a very intriguing way.

All of these actors grew into amazing ones, but this movie is awkward and the story is slow and boring.

Disturbing but fascinating .

However this movie was just SO slow, almost nothing at all really going on until the last 3rd of the movie.

Worth watching?

A disturbing but fascinating film.

Michelle Forbes does a great deal of frowning and scowling as the cold, pretentious Carrie who's a voyeur and can't help being fascinated by things that she also finds repulsive.

These differences and other tensions that exist between them as individuals, create a consistently strained atmosphere which becomes even more intense as they gradually start to learn more about each other.

It's a great, suspenseful two hour road-trip that certainly opened my eyes to see that Brad Pitt was indeed an actor.

Its real strength lies in its characters who make it compelling from start to finish.

She is basically decent but weak and slow.

Mind blowing action.

Kalifornia (1993 which is a road movie that turns into gripping, chilling disturbing, darkly funny thriller, focuses on four main characters.

The locations are stunning, the director does a good job and the dialog is solid.

Not bad, and definitely worth watching.

With her nasal voice and heavy-duty Southern accent, she is stunning, as the naive, highly animated, child-like Adele.

The majority of the running time of Kalifornia is an absorbing & brilliantly written character study of a serial killer & an author who writes about them, it's a great concept that makes for a great film & I really enjoyed it.

Surprisingly good, entertaining and interesting.

WOW, this is another waste of time.

Beautifully realistic depiction and very enjoyable.

A film that follows a writer and his photographer wifes predictable journey into their low-life obsession with making fools out of the poor.

I cannot determine if David Duchovny is just a boring actor or whether he was trying to play Brian as a boring person.

The plot explores several fascinating themes—class divide, the allure of danger and violence, psychotic behaviour and the complexities of the brain—but Sena's indecisive approach means that he only lightly addresses each issue, and often in a trite and predictable manner.

"Kalifonia" is a film that should really be watched for it`s intense look at how monstrous a human being can be, and not only for it`s violence and gore.

Kalifornia is a diamond in the rough and a very intriguing journey with a serial killer.

Now it gets too predictable.

During some of the latter stages in the film, I found it hard to keep watching him - he was unpredictable and scary.

The violence is strong and brutal and the insights on killers are fascinating.

The fascinating part of the plot is the interraction between the contrasting couples.

The powerful women's roles in this film surprised me for the time, but also helped me dig deeper into the overall themes of confusion and social structures.

Good Acting, Pointless Story .

Pitt "nails" his character which is the focus of this somewhat predictable thriller.

It was a fascinating film about serial killers and Pitt was dark and amazing as the one they never expected.

Indeed, Early and Adele are what make this film so entertaining, as they babble, cackle, confide, muse, speculate, drool, and otherwise behave in ways I haven't seen since reruns of "The Beverly Hillbillies".

This film is absorbing, with some tremendously tense scenes and some surprisingly funny ones as well.

From the opening scenes with the barely recognisable, hirsute Pitt and the narration you could argue that the film was going to be predictable.

This movie was unpleasant but the mix of the four characters and the violence that engulfs them results in gripping entertainment.

Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis are highly entertaining.

You know you're watching a film made from a poorly contrived script and a not particularly substantive performance whenever the female lead expresses herself strongly she always resorts to bitching.

So slow, so painfully slow...

Of the four main characters I found Michelle Forbes' portrayal of Brian's wife to be engaging and believable.

The beginning of Kalifornia is very intense and gorgeous looking and proves that this film is something very special.

Or at least when it starts to, it all falls down as Mr. X-Files comes in with a one-liner that seems either cheesy or ridiculously cliché.

dead pan dull, which makes him a great "straight man".

It's truly boring and does not keep your attention at all.

Much of the narration (provided by a somewhat whiny, pre X-files Duchovony) is a tad contrived.

Finally, Michelle Forbes is impressive as Duchnovny's snobby, pretentious girlfriend.

There are meaningless movies about violence and then there are quality movies about violence.

One of the two worst movies of all time.

I am not a fan of this film, because it feels rather pointless.

The ending was suspenseful and somewhat happy.

Lewis is fine as a sweet, simple girl; this part of hers is intriguing when you contrast it to the one she plays in the next years' "Natural Born Killers".

However, what I found after watching this movie was a maelstrom of confusing scenes, disconnected dialogue, and characters that just didn't seem to mesh with the overall story.

The discussions between Duchovny and Forbes are fascinating and the interplay between Pitt and Lewis is amusing (I believe they were still dating at the time).

The DVD contains the "unrated version," which is worth the watch, though less sensational than one might imagine.

While you will find moments that seem a bit cliché, Kalifornia is a powerful film that yields some decent acting with a very gripping story.

David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes are boring, generic actors, although they sure are good looking.

Individually they carve out chilling, and yet also warm, pictures of who they are, real people, and unexpected ones.

The suspense still manages to ramp up with each now predictable murder.

For some reason Duchovny's character, a struggling writer working on a book about psycho killers, is given the most mundane and overused lines.

Grayce is the opposite of Brian, while Kessler hangs with pretentious art-types and lives in an artists' loft, Early and Adele spend their days in a dirty trailer, dodging both their landlord and Grayce's parole officer.

It is an absolutely riveting movie that is visually stylish and thematically creepy.

Kalifornia is a great road-movie, not one of the best, but certainly one that's very entertaining.

The music sounds as if it was written for a softporn series, and add to that Duchovny's sleazy and boring narrative voice - at some points in the movie you're starting to think you're actually watching such a series.

Watch it for Brad Pitt and his mind blowing performance.

Kalifornia is still a great film though, an absorbing, offbeat & fascinating film that I enjoyed although at almost two hours in length it's maybe a bit long, maybe not quite enough happens & I seriously doubt it's a film I'll ever want to see again despite liking it.

But he's just plain dull, and he is ostensibly the main character.

Still, it deserves praise for making a compelling character study, with artistically satisfying results.

Besides the painfully slow majority, the "southern" accents are absolutely terrible, I live in the south.

It is just so fun and entertaining to watch.

It's like watching a mad dog or a hungry wolf running loose and you don't want him to get killed because he's too damn fascinating to watch.

This dark road story succeeds at pulling in fans of the "serial killer genre," but more intriguing than the violence and actual killing depicted in the plot, are the unexpected mixture of unlikely characters who interact and make discoveries, revelations really, about "yuppie psychology" verses "poor white trash psychology" verses "pyschopathic killer psychology.