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The Descendants

The Descendants

DVD - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2012
Call Number: DVD F DESC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Campari1
Sep 11, 2019

The story is about a young mother who goes into a coma after a boating accident. The father has to deal with this heartbreaking situation, when his daughters aged 10 and 17, especially the older one, do not, at first, make things any easier for him. The younger one does not have a clue and lives her simple life until she learns that the doctors declared her mother’s situation hopeless and that the decision has been made to take the woman off the life support. But the older daughter hates her mother and seems to resent her father. She also has a boyfriend, who appears to be an obnoxious moronic brat but, surprisingly, it looks the two are not sleeping together. Later we learn that the roots of the hatred the older daughter feels towards her mother are in the mother’s cheating on her father. It’s painful to see that the father has to learn about his wife’s cheating from his daughter. The dysfunctionality of the family is magnified by the father’s in-law: he knows about the tension between the couple and worships his daughter who, by his judgment, was a faithful and good wife and deserves better than being let die, since he does not know about his daughter’s cheating on her husband. The mother-in-law is an Alzheimerish walking zombie and her appearance is inconsequential. While the decision-making concerning a considerable real estate deal the father is involved in is important in the whole story, I was especially taken by something else, something the other reviewers seem to have missed or did not consider as important as I did, namely that everybody involved, except perhaps the father-in-law who was blinded by his love for his daughter, had a lot of class. Class is something that cannot be faked, and here it showed at the right time, namely, at the time of crisis, when the true character of individuals surfaces and the family members came together despite their differences in the past. The rebellious teenaged daughter came to her senses and became fully supportive of her father, the husband showed his love for his wife despite the pain of a cheated husband, and did not succumb to the hatred any other man, or woman for that matter, in his position might have. Even the obnoxious boyfriend came around and started behaving like a normal human being. The marriage breaker, the lover of the dying woman, turned out not to be such a scoundrel as one might predict, and his cheated wife shows that she has much more class than an average woman would have in the same situation. Despite the pain every member of the immediate family must have felt, nobody kept holding grudge, the life was going on. This is a very good movie, in the same category as American Beauty. No wonder that in spite of good official reviews The Descendants has not become a blockbuster. The unsophisticated American average moviegoer cannot be impressed by and does not appreciate an above-average movie where cars do not explode and blood is not oozing from dead bodies, preferentially n*ked.

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fayco1111
Jun 30, 2019

no English and no sub-titles

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MrsNikki
Mar 01, 2019

💖 great movie

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mammothhawk229e
Jan 04, 2018

Three steps away on being a Hallmark movie with cliched tropes.
Glad the acting from ensemble cast, non-snowing setting & bittersweet ,yet thoughtful plot of letting go cheating wife in coma & should there be mega million development on unspoiled land with his extended family made it a great movie.
Phew.
Good for George to play age related uncharted role as a flawed father.

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Photobury
Aug 24, 2017

You missed a great ending...

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RicktheLibrarian
Aug 23, 2017

Any absolutely depressing movie - we quit halfway through. A totally dysfunctional family.

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jandt_mcmurray
Aug 15, 2017

Although the movie left out some pertinent details that were in the book (like usual), the movie portrayal was quite entertaining on its own with some excellent acting & beautiful Hawaiian landscapes. (For a full review of this story, see my book review. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/968403.The_Descendants?from_search=true )

Age recommendation: 14 & up (profanity, discussions of infidelity, visuals of an comatose woman)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 7. (Book ranking - 7 stars)

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MissyJayne
Dec 28, 2016

I have an indifferent feeling to this movie. Don't really have an opinion. I'm not sure why that is. I enjoyed seeing the beautiful shots of Hawaii and I enjoyed the family history part of it, even though it is just for storytelling purpose. It was different but nice to see Clooney in a very un-Hollywood role. I think I was turned off by the Matthew Lillard and Judy Greer characters.

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gingin1972
Dec 15, 2016

Pretty good movie but kind of slow and boring! Some beautiful shots of Hawaii.

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BlueSparkleEyes
Aug 17, 2016

Good concept. Man learns his wife was having an affair just after he is informed she will never awake from a coma after a boating accident. This movie says something about the special, enduring love of men that persists even in anger and the pain of betrayal. Setting the film in Hawaii pushed it over the top into great movie territory for me.

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Monolith
Aug 26, 2012

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

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

"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?"

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

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

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

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

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

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

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

"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."

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

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

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 03, 2013

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

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

Other: A teen girl is shown drunk.

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

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.

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

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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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

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.

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

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.)

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

mxsimon May 02, 2012

mxsimon thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

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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britprincess1
Aug 03, 2012

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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