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Californication: Season 4

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The Showtime Original Series Californication ended season three with bad-boy novelist Hank Moody being hauled off to jail for assaulting the boyfriend of his troublemaking, underage, former fling Mia. His home life with Karen and Becca is in ruins, but the scandal surrounding the publication of his latest book has turned him into a hot Hollywood commodity – in more ways than one. Can Hank navigate the mess he’s made of his life and come out on top? Don’t miss the all-new season four!

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The fourth season of this sordid yet irresistible view of life, loneliness, meaningless sex, and overindulgence set within inner circles of lowlifes living the high life could easily have been the last. At least one more season has already aired, but so many of the lingering dirty doings of novelist, and now screenwriter, Hank Moody (David Duchovny) are wrapped up that this 12-episode set feels like an arc-ending finale. In the final episode we also get a pretty good capsule description of Hank's tortured soul, which remains as unrepentantly corrupt as ever. The description is handed down by a judge who helps resolve some of the legal problems that have plagued him--temporarily at least. She tells him: "You live like an animal. You live in flagrant defiance of the rules of our society. Your true crime is that you seem committed to squandering your gifts and wasting what appears to be a rewarding life." That sure sounds like an abnormal and entirely unlikable character. Yet it is this charming charlatan who boldly anchors a hit premium cable TV series that revels in his bad behavior. As people have noted since the pilot, David Duchovny is the key to Californication's success. He fully embodies the adorable piece of man who acts reprehensibly even as that little-boy smile is charming the panties off every woman in sight and inducing envy and resentment in other men (things that Duchovny has sometimes been noted for in reality).

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


Special Features

- Gigolos - Episodes 1 and 2
- Episodes - Episodes 1 and 2
- E-Bridge Technology - The Borgias - Episodes 1 and 2

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  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 338 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HMHPE0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By David Matthes on September 1, 2011
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For me, Californication has always been a story about the real, and not just real people, but REAL everything. Everything that happens on this show I could very well see happening in reality, especially given the setting in which it takes place in. And that's one of the many reasons why I love it and why I can connect with it on a personal level. For the majority of the show and its seasons thus far, Californication has mostly taken on a dark-comedic edge and while maintaining a serious edge throughout its plot threads, most of the time we're left laughing hysterically at the insanity the characters fall into(most of the time at their own faults).

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!
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This show is so Brilliant, original and keeps it real. Just when you feel like "I want that life", the writers (and actors) give a 'real-does' of reality. This is what happens in real life and that is why I am a big fan of the show and all the cast members. Season 4 is great and I am so happy it is now available. I also want to thank Showtime for airing this show. They are the only True network for entertainment. All the other shows offered on Showtime air are great too (see the website and you will find out). So get all the Californication seasons and watch from the beginning.
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I just finished watching Season 4 of Californication and although in my opinion not the best of the seasons, it is still filled with many laugh-out loud, outrageous moments that will keep die-hard Hank Moody fans begging for a 5th season. The 4th Season is primarily focused on Hank battling against accusations of rape pending from his escapade with Mia. His best friend and agent Charlie is getting along after being separated from Marci and is attempting to sleep with 100 women before he dies---problem is he is only up to #11 when the show starts. As the season progresses, you start to feel as if the show is getting slightly old and that if it is to continue it may need a radical makeover. The development of Hank's character as tragic starts to get tired, his moments of self-reflection old, and you continuously wait for some sort of big "bang" to happen to jolt you and Hank and the rest of the characters out of a bit of a slumber. Without giving away the ending of Season 4, I will say that it is not as dramatic as the previous seasons although does involve a ride into the sunset by both Hank and his ex-wife and daughter---although not in the same car. A good but not great or memorable season for Californication lovers.
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I simultaneously love and hate Californication. I stopped watching it four years ago after the Season 3 finale. I always loved the fact that below the behavioral extremities Hank was an honorable guy. By the end of Season 3 there wasn't much honor left. I decided to give Season 4 a chance and found myself re-hooked. And Hank is still an honorable guy.

More than any other character I have ever encountered - fictional, historical, literary or other media - Hank loves women in the same way I do. Whoever writes his character has a direct sync with my own predilections. If you wonder if Hank is real you can know that at least one real human thinks very much like him.

I also enjoy the frank and unmodulated portrayal of masculine men.
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It Started getting progressively dumber as the seasons continued. Same drama of whether Hank and big eyes were going to move, reconcile. ..blah blah. I lost interest. Lazy writing. It became like a teen nick show with boobs and drugs.
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Typical Hollywood hegemony bulls***. This season is the pinnacle season for the lowest common denominators of sexism and racism in the subtext. It's demonstrative in the fact that Hollywood executives just don't get it. If they do, they're doing it on purpose. Although I'm going to stop watching at this point, my prediction going forward is that Michael Ealy's character will continue to remain under developed in comparison to white actors on the show. In each scene, he will have the least amount of dialogue and his character will always be referred to in some type of reference connected to race. I guess they do that so deaf people will know that he's black.
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The train wreck that is Hank Moody's life continues to hurl ahead at full speed in the fourth season of Showtime's raunchfest, Californication. The latest installment in the chronicles of the deeply flawed author finds him dealing with statutory rape charges stemming from an encounter with Mia way back in the first season. One of the great things about this show has always been how its characters are haunted by their past transgressions and its good to see the series getting back to exploring this theme after the largely consequence free romp that was season three.

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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