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The Descendants

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Descendants


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Matt King is an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
Title: The descendants
[videorecording]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, c2012.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
NTSC
Dolby Digital
digital,optical,surround,rda
4 3/4 in.
1 videodisc (115 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Special features: Everybody loves George; Working with Alexander; Hawaiian style.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Summary: Matt King is an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
Audience: MPAA rating R language including some sexual references CHV rating 14A mature theme, coarse language.
Awards & Distinctions: Nominated for 5 Academy Awards. Academy Awards, 2012: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.
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ISBN: 0013774905
9780013774907
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Report This Mar 17, 2014
  • HenryF rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Clooney has two daughters who tell him to F off and flip him the bird. Makes me really happy not to be a father. And the movie is depressing as well. A big strike-out for the usually dependable Clooney.

Report This Feb 08, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent movie, I would watch it again. Wonderful acting by the cast.

Report This Feb 04, 2014
  • BertBailey rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good story told in an unusual setting. Hawaii Liberationists, if any still remain, may groan at the soft treatment of their music to lend colour, but the setting is certainly unusual for a feature film, nicely suiting the off-beat narrative. Clooney’s no Philip Seymour Hoffman, but he does very well - never overacting or relying too heavily on his looks. To the contrary, he dares look uncool at least when he runs flat-footedly to the neighbours’, perfectly reflecting his distress and bewilderment (a shining directorial touch, that). Several other fine actors give solid performances too – including Shailene Woodley, as his elder daughter; the hip miscreant who tags along for (very) comic relief; the reliable Robert Forster as Clooney’s father-in-law, and charming Judy Greer. There is plenty of unforced poignancy, and mercifully few Hollywoodish moments, so unless you crave a gun-toting Clooney in action flicks that zip right along, this is well recommended.

Report This Dec 25, 2013
  • pegasus71 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although I was not impressed on my initial viewing, this film holds up very well the second time around, primarily due to the fine performance by George Clooney as Matt King. At the same time, Payne minimizes the road trip device and it's accompanying string of cinematic vignettes which reduction places a greater emphasis on the development of the principal characters and their transformations as each comes to grips with individual issues. Probably Payne's most subtle and mature work.

Report This Dec 09, 2013
  • BBeeBryn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In this story about a family's transformation by grief over a dying mother, the actors portraying George Clooney's daughters do an excellent job, and are sometimes more believable than Clooney. The secondary story line is about land development (ruining) Hawaii. Not until the end does George explain that he and his relatives are essentially haoles who don't speak Hawaiian or pidgin. He begins to acknowledge and even honor his drop of Hawaiian blood. Hawaii isn't Hawaii without Hawaiian music. When the credits flashed by it looks like one of the songs is by Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of the islands.

Report This Dec 04, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I don't dislike him actively, like I do Quentin Tarantino and Lars Von Trier, but I think Alexander Payne ("Sidways," "About Schmidt") is rather overrated. Another male crisis movie, which is kind of his specialty. Does anybody buy George Clooney as a cuckold?

Bummer, not worth watching or listening to! gave it up after 30 minutes.

This is a somwhat intense drama of a family struggling to come to terms with a wife & mother who is in a coma & who has been having an adulterous affair. A secondary plot involves the sale of family property. There were no sex scenes, which is a relief. There was quite a bit of foul language..fairly frequent use of the f-word & some g..d... Foul language is common in certain circles - not mine. However, considering the strong emotions that were present I still felt it was a good movie.

Report This Aug 24, 2013
  • love_my_library_card rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Without reading the book, I wonder how much better this movie could have been. It seemed to skim over a lot of things to fit all the plot lines into almost 2 hours. While the story, beautiful location, and languid pace were interesting at times, it felt very long to me.

Report This Aug 19, 2013
  • pjrodriguez rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I can appreciate the story. The grief of the family, the drama that can be discovered during an illness or a death, and the bonding that can occur during the death of a loved one. I think that they all did a fabulous job of portraying that. However, I was not really appreciative of all the cursing that the children were doing. Maybe I'm just old fashioned but it was at times disrespectful. I understand that circumstances can bring things out but I didn't find it funny. Other than that, I thought it was a heartwarming story.

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Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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  • mxsimon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

mxsimon thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A lawyer and land baron for an exceptional chunk of Hawaiian real estate has lived through his work, but he is forced to examine his life choices and forgive himself and those around him when his wife suffers an accident and his dysfunctional family is thrust into his hands.

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A lawyer and land baron for an exceptional chunk of Hawaiian real estate has lived through his work, but he is forced to examine his life choices and forgive himself and those around him when his wife suffers an accident and his dysfunctional family is thrust into his hands.

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Report This Jul 03, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some F-wording swearing being propagated through the film.

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: A teen girl is shown drunk.

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A woman is shown in a coma. Some would find this display uneasy, although it doesn't go out of its way to be like that.

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: The only truly crass scene is one where a little girl tries looking up adult films on an on-demand channel on television. The images are just still images and they're not overtly explicit. Her father and sister stop her from going any further than that. This scene lasts about 45 seconds.

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: A teenage boy is punched in the face by an older man. It's a P.O.V. shot, so we don't see the fist make contact. (I wouldn't be concerned in terms of violence. This moment is literally two seconds long.)

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: The f-word is used 25 times, the s-word about a dozen times, goddamn just under 10 times, and Jesus twice. A little girl also gives someone the middle finger.

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Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Matt King: "Goodbye, Elizabeth. Goodbye, my love... my friend... my pain... my joy... Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye."

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"My friends on the mainland think just because I live in Hawaii, I live in paradise. Like a permanent vacation. We're all just out here sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips, and catching waves. Are they insane?"

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I'm worried about my daughters. I think there's something wrong with them."

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I'm the backup parent. The understudy."

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Don't be fooled by appearances. In Hawaii, some of the most powerful people look like bums and stuntmen."

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I don't want my daughters growing up entitled and spoiled. And I agree with my father -- you give your children enough money to do something, but not enough to do nothing."

Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It's ironic, Elizabeth in this misfortune just as you come into your fortune."

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Report This Aug 03, 2012
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Descendants Interview with George Clooney and Clips

ABC News does an interview with the film's star George Clooney, asking him about his feelings aroudn the film, and about the early Oscar buzz the film generated.

The Descendants Trailer

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