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Californication : Season 2

4.5 out of 5 stars 529 customer reviews

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When we last left transplanted New Yorker and "debauched moralist" Hank Moody (David Duchovny), he was reunited with his ex-girlfriend and runaway bride Karen (Natascha McElhone) and his beloved daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin). Sounds like the makings of a happy-ever-after ending, but Hank's life is no fairy tale. Or maybe it is. Though a total screw-up, he remains irresistible to a bevy of women who throw themselves at him, from the nurse participating in his vasectomy to an A-list prostitute ("You really got under my skin, Hank Moody"). The new Hank is determined to make grown-up and responsible decisions, but before the dust has settled on the season opener, he once again finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong woman, albeit accidentally. No wonder Karen needs time to mull over his marriage proposal. Californication takes as jaundiced a view of Southern California hedonism as did the classic 1975 film Shampoo.

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


Special Features

- Commentary by Actress Pamela Adlon
- Marcie’s Waxing Salon Featurette Available via Ebridge Technology
- Interviews with David Duchovny; Natasha McElhone; Pamela Adlon; Madeline Zima and Evan Handler
- United States of Tara - Episodes 1 and 2
- The Tudors: Season 3 - Episodes 1 and 2

Product Details

  • Actors: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon, Madeleine Martin
  • Directors: David Duchovny, Adam Bernstein, Bart Freundlich, Daniel Ducovny, David Von Ancken
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Showtime / Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 336 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (529 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQR39O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Californication : Season 2" on IMDb

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By J. T. Wleklinski on June 16, 2009
Format: DVD
I gave the 2nd season of Californication 4 stars out of 5. I read the reviews that were posted and I will agree that this season isn't as "good" as the first season. The first season gave the audience something they are definitely not used to seeing, the character of Hank Moody. Despite all the negative that Moody creates, the audience can't help but fall in love with him in the first season.

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
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When series creator, Tom Kapinos, first sketched character Hank Moody, played by David Duchovny, it appeared as though he'd found a wormhole into the collective unconscious of middle-age, urban men.

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.
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Everywhere Hank turns, something is going to happen that derails him...I love his character and David Duchovny plays everything to the maximum and puts everything that he has into the role of "the Hankster." Does a magnificent character move are every turn. The love that he has for Karen and Becca and palpable and is so sincere it hurts to watch him being so vulnerable to the problems that keep slamming at him...
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.
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I love this show. Yes its mostly adult topics and situations but its smart and funny. I wish I could be half as ballsy and witty as Hank.
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)
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