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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.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2012.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9780013774907
0013774905
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When his party animal wife winds up on life support following a boating accident, Hawaiian real estate magnate Matt King is forced to examine some uncomfortable truths about himself, his marriage, and the tenuous relationship his many absences have engendered with his two daughters: Scottie, a bratty nine-year old; and Alexandra, an angry adolescent who seems destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps. On top of this, his relatives are pressuring him to sell the family trust...several thousand acres of pristine parkland on the island of Kauai. Alexander Payne’s psychological road movie plays equally well as both a warmhearted family drama and a study of one middle-aged man trying to wring some meaning out of his life as everything he once took for granted is now called into question. As he contemplates selling off his ancestral lands, King’s dilemma begins to mirror the tensions within his own family, for every decision we make comes with a price and sometimes it is others who must foot the bill. Despite a few lapses into preciousness, this is a solidly written and well-balanced film whose talented cast, capped by George Clooney, move easily from light comedy to passionate tears, sometimes within the same scene as evidenced by one especially heated hospital room confrontation. The lush tropical settings belie a certain irony while a buoyant soundtrack of Island pop tunes manages to keep things in proper perspective. A real charmer!

Nov 24, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Yet another drab, over-praised Male Crisis Movie from the staggeringly mediocre Alexander Payne ("Nebraska," "Sideways").

Sep 30, 2014
  • whyisitso rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Solid acting by Clooney and the two actresses who play his daughters. A bittersweet drama with many funny moments.

Sep 06, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An insightful and very moving film, beautifully made .George Clooney does a brilliant job as the indifferent husband and father who has to get his act together for his two daughters when his wife has a boating accident which leaves her in a coma . The Hawaiian scenery is gorgeous and so are the handcrafts, particularly the two-tone gold Hawaiian applique quilt.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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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."

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?"

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."

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

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

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."

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."

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

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

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

Other: A teen girl is shown drunk.

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.

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.

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.)

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

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

May 02, 2012
  • mxsimon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

mxsimon thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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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.

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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