California Solo

Sunday, December 04 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

California Solo

JOY REVIEW

California Solo is a movie about a ne’er-do-well father who was a rock star and now is working in a whole foods store trying to keep a low-key life and at night he runs a pod cast about dead musicians.  I think we’re supposed to view him as incredibly soulful, and he’s played by the great Robert Carlyle, which makes him adorable and vaguely soulful, but basically this guy is a jerk!  Everything in his life comes to a crisis when he gets pulled over for a DUI and he’s so drunk he doesn’t know what he’s doing, and it turns out he was stopped with Marijuana before and so now his immigration status is in jeopardy.  He has an ex wife and a daughter he’s completely ignored and he tries to convince her to take him back, but she wisely says no.  He of course does the grown up thing and gets involved in another DUI.  I guess we’re supposed to like him because he does get back in touch with his daughter who says in a chilling moment “I do remember you, you smashed my hand in the door when I was three years old.”  Well that’s certainly something to remember your father by… but there’s nothing to like about this guy, outside of Robert Carlyle, but he’s a jerk who never gets his act together, is not a good father, although he says he will be now and I guess we’re supposed to believe in redemption, but I just thought he was a jerk.  One star.

Joy Meter