Californication: Season 4
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Hank Moody lives a life of pure hypocrisy, and the situations in season four continue to bear that out. Facing some serious criminal charges for statutory rape and assault of various kinds, Hank continues to pine for and believe that he's meant to be with Karen (Natascha McElhone, stunning and strong as always). But his babe tally keeps ratcheting up in concert with his pants zippering down. His daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin, another strong, appealing cast member) is the only other thing he loves honestly and completely, yet he embarrasses and burns bridges with her at every turn. With no home and a career that's dependent on the show-biz industry he loathes as much as himself, Hank is truly sinking and doing his best to dig the hole deeper with alcohol, drugs, casual sex, and fisticuffs. Californication is always frank even when it's being funny, which is most of the time. It's pretty much the definition of unrestrained adult entertainment. After one of the many brawls Hank instigates, he explains by way of apology, "I do that, I make people mad." At least he knows who he is. His agent and only friend Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler) has problems of his own--is there a baby in his vasectomied future? He also has some actual work to do now that Hank is in deep with Hollywood big shots. He's adapting his book with the unprintable title that chronicles most of what we've seen in the show so far. This narrative element makes for the entrance of more deliciously bedeviling characters. The always unpredictable Stephen Tobolowsky plays a neurotic producer with aging but raging hormones, and Rob Lowe literally goes nuts with his role as a Brad Pitt-like movie star who is probably certifiably psychotic. Carla Gugino is terrific as Hank's lawyer and possibly the only woman besides Karen who can make him grow up a little. Throughout it all Hank stays a self-hating jerk. But he's a jerk who people are inexorably drawn to in spite of his bald insincerity and unwavering defiance of the rules of society. --Ted Fry
- Episodes - Episodes 1 and 2
- E-Bridge Technology - The Borgias - Episodes 1 and 2
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Season 4 changes all that. And it does so near perfectly. This season takes a turn for the worse in that Hank faces the real-life consequences for his actions in prior seasons, and if anyone knows anything about character development and progression of story, a pivotal point in every story's duration is the point in which the characters feel truly lost and all hope has failed them. That's essentially what Season 4 has to offer. It's a dark time for Hank, and doesn't offer nearly as many laughs as Seasons 1 through 3.
So for anyone who's walking into this season with high expectations, you should still have them; this show is still as genius as ever, just take it with a grain of salt. It may take a few viewings to fully grasp that you're watching a drama moreover a comedy this time around. Can't wait for Season 5!
The twelve episodes of this latest season are wildly entertaining and often jaw droppingly vulgar (see the story arc involving Charlie and his realtor for further proof of this), but they are also frequently shot through with sobering flashes of sadness, regret and heartache. For every fling that Hank engages in and every bit of booze and drugs he consumes, a part of the man he desperately wants to be seems to drift farther away. What's most tragic about this is that Hank knows it's happening but seems unable or unwilling to make the changes needed to become the person he truly wants to be.
Yet Californication continues to brilliantly convey these themes in the guise of a series that is loose, fun and endlessly amusing. It conveys an effortless sense of cool and good times, even though things are falling apart beneath the surface. Just like Hank Moody himself.
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as season 1-3 was 5 star it has seemed to fallen off par, hopefully they will get back on track with the next seasonPublished 13 days ago by Howard Condrey
Show is funny and emotional at the same time; without getting sappy. Fine mix.Published 17 days ago by Angel Sailer
Stellar cast performances, strong directing and crisp editing, and the swell adult-ish comedy (writing and performing) absolutely kills. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jonathan
The show is progressively getting more and more boring. There's nothing really clever at all about this season. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin M.