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Californication : Season 2
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In season 2, fast-laner Lew Ashby (Callum Keith Rennie), a legendary music producer, recruits Hank to be his biographer. Hank's agent Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler) is fired from his agency and takes a fledgling female porn star under his wing. Charlie's wife Marcy (Pamela Adlon) becomes a coke fiend. Seventeen-year-old Mia (Madeline Zima) becomes a critics' darling when Hank's manuscript, which she stole in season 1, is published. Sonja (Paula Marshall) the Scientologist is pregnant and Hank may be the father. Duchovny's laid-back charm imbues Hank with what one character calls "infuriating magic." As the precocious Becca tells her mother, "You have to love him for who he is, not his potential." For all its explicit language and graphic sex, Californication is a compelling character study of a seriously flawed man-child. To quote a review of Mia/Hank's book, "It isn't about sex, but loneliness. It's hauntingly hopelessly romantic in the best sense of the word." Big ups! --Donald Liebenson
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Top Customer Reviews
I don't feel that the 2nd season tried to be as funny as the first. That's what made the 1st season so enjoyable, nonstop laughs in every episode. This season is far more dramatic and has a plot that starts to develop, instead of the sex, drugs, and comedy that season 1 was about. That is why I think people didn't like it as much, because the "originality" of the 1st season wasn't duplicated as much; but how long do you think the writers could go with Hank sleeping with random women left and right before it got old. I feel this season shows the development of Hank Moody far better than season 1 had created.
Nontheless, everyone is entitled to an opinion, and if you listen to mine- you'll buy this set and enjoy your purchase...but please don't expect the same tone that season 1 created...I think the show is heading in a better direction
Hank was a bright, talented guy who, like many of his generation, seemed powerless to consummate a functional relationship with his one great love, played by Natascha McElhone.
This very-public struggle was waged on the quintessential battlefield of urban decadence and moral relativity, Los Angeles; a place where he appeared to be both victim and willing co-conspirator.
The drugs, the endless sexual escapades, the chain-smoking, the hard drinking and the lawless swagger of a rock star on the verge of another overdose all peppered his course to self discovery like a series of land mines.
Kapinos nailed the arrested adolescence of many older single men with more than their share of talent, good fortune...and too much time on their hands.
So in this birthplace of pathological narcissism, here was this intensely desirable renegade in search of a better destiny...or mother, as the case may be...and everyone [the audience] was happy.
But that was season ONE.
The second time around things started to unravel. The psychological components that gave the show life began to morph into a series of clichés that reminded me of an alcoholic who repeatedly calls to apologize for behavior he's powerless to prevent.
In the end, the behavior becomes as predictable as it is boring, and as a result, I started to resent Hank's helplessness. It also seemed to be contagious, because every member of the supporting cast was some way, somehow victimized by their own absurdly preposterous foibles.Read more ›
I await all of the problems and how he skates around them....what a doll....even when he pushes the "broads" away, they somehow manage to sabotage the moment...and I can appreciate that he is so kind hearted and really makes an attempt to stay out of trouble and it always finds him.
The language is colorful and delightful and perfect for all of their roles in whatever the situation comes along.
Can you tell that I love the series and all of the scenerios that keep appearing. Great job, all of you that are involved in Californication. Kudos and accolades.
This is sex in the city if you took out a few women and slipped in a few men.
Hank is a NY transplant writer in LA, who is basically is a charming cad. He pretty much says & does what he thinks and it gets him in a bunch of trouble.
He longs for the woman he let go, who is also the mother of his teenage daughter who is exploring her new boundaries. Throw in a few crazy friends, sex, drugs, and rock & roll and you have this show.
The thing that makes him lovable is he doesn't lie or say he is something he is not. Yes, he cheats, he drinks, does occasional marijuana but you end up liking him because you just want to see what he says or do next. As you watch the show, you will see he has this gravity of bad decisions that pulls the people he loves and other random people into him and away.
Its the dynamic that makes the show enjoyable and fresh even though its several years old now (2007 -2014)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It keeps your interest because David is such a likeable actor. Not as exciting as some other offerings out there but it's nice to pass the time with. Read morePublished 10 days ago by ram1aq