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California Solo

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A has-been British pop star reluctantly confronts the demons of his past in order to avoid getting deported from the U.S. after being pulled over for drunken driving and seeing a previous drug offense used against him in court. Back in the 1990s, Lachlan MacAldonich (Robert Carlyle) was on top of the world. You could barely turn on a radio without hearing one of his hits, but these days Lachlan maintains a low profile by working on an organic farm in L.A., and reflecting on the untimely deaths of his favorite musicians in his podcast "Flame-Outs." One night, while driving back home following a night of drinking at his favorite bar, Lachlan is arrested on a DUI charge. That compounded with a drug conviction from years prior means that Lachlan may face deportation unless he can convince the judge that his absence would have a negative impact on his family stateside. Desperate, Lachlan soon finds himself compelled to try and repair the failed relationships that have haunted him ever since his music career dried up and his star faded.
  • Credits
    Robert Carlyle, Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, A. Martinez, Michael Des, Barres
  • Critic Reviews
    "[A] melancholy character study....The minor-key film benefits from Robert Carlyles soulful performance in the central role..."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "[A] a wry, mournful study of midlife crisis....Rather than warm our hearts in conventional ways, this mellow drama simply proposes that when men screw up, the love of a good woman only goes so far."
    New York Times

    "Lewy knows this character and his world well..."
    A.V. Club

    "[Carlyle] is wonderfully transparent and natural....There's a lovely gravity and specificity to the story..." -- Grade:B
    Entertainment Weekly

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