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.


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Mar 15, 2015
  • firefly5 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this movie.

Mar 10, 2015

Almost a pointless watch...

Feb 10, 2015
  • NewYorkViews rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A movie about an upscale family get together in Hawaii that just happens because of a tragedy. Sad film that is interesting, thought provoking, and has a good cast and script. The hard working Matt King (actor G. Clooney) tries to hold his family together.

Jan 05, 2015
  • d2013 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Heartwarming story. Loved the fact that it was in Hawaii, made it more enjoyable to watch.

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.

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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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