The Descendants [DVD] [2011]

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  • Release Date: 03/13/2012
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (178 out of 197)

Special Features


  • Everybody Loves George
  • Working with Alexander
  • Hawaiian Style
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Descendants
Alexander Payne's seriocomic The Descendants, an adaptation of the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, stars George Clooney as Matt King, a middle-age Hawaiian who runs a trust responsible for millions of dollars worth of untouched real estate that has been passed down to him and various cousins. He is preparing to sell the area, and make millions for everyone in the trust, when his wife suffers severe head trauma during a boat race. As he attempts to get her affairs in order, he learns that she had been having an affair. With his two daughters in tow, along with his oldest daughter's doofus boyfriend, Matt sets off to confront the man who made him a cuckold. Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, and Robert Forster co-star. The Descendants screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • George Clooney
    George Clooney - Matt King
  • Shailene Woodley
    Shailene Woodley - Alexandra King
  • Amara Miller
    Amara Miller - Scottie King
  • Judy Greer
    Judy Greer - Julie Speer
  • Beau Bridges
    Beau Bridges - Cousin Hugh



Overall customer rating

4.4
91%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clooney true to form

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    Treydle
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    Two big decisions that could forever affect your family’s future are ahead of you. One of them already made, the other still being debated. Then you’re hit with news you never saw coming and expected to deal with it quietly. Matt King (played by George Clooney) is lawyer in Hawaii and, by virtue of his profession, the sole executor a family trust that controls 25,000 acres of untouched land on Kauai that they will lose relatively soon thanks to the rule against perpetuities. In addition, he is married with two daughters and their mother has been in a coma for six months since a boating accident and the terms of her living will dictate that she will soon be disconnected from life-support. His younger daughter, Scottie (played by Amara Miller), is unaware and is holding out hope that her mother will wake up. His seventeen year-old daughter, Alex (played by Shailene Woodley), is away at a reform school, of sorts, and stills bears a great deal of resentment for her mother as a result of being sent away. She claims the motivation for that decision was her discovery of her mother’s infidelity and says as much to her father. First rejecting the idea, Matt (Clooney) eventually accepts it and then decides to confront the other man in her life, bringing his daughters along under the pretense of a much needed respite. Hawaiian music isn’t really my taste. Perhaps it’s the tone, perhaps it’s that I don’t speak and could never learn the language. On the other hand, it does set the mood beautifully as do the many shots showcasing Hawaii’s natural majesty. Clooney brings the conflict to life with a typically gripping performance and the cast all back him to varying degrees. I will say the part of Brian Speer, the man King (Clooney’s) wife was having an affair with was not very well-acted by Matthew Lillard but it’s a part with little screen time and few lines so it’s forgivable. See this movie.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie, Missleading Trailer

    Posted
    kenn
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    Directed by the creator of the Oscar-winning SIDEWAYS, The Descendants starts when Matt King, a "back-up" father (his words) must slow down his career to take care of his two daughters (17 and 11) while his wife is in the hospital in a comma caused by a boat accident. Soon we learn, his wife, spurned by Matt's long absences and indifference, was having an affair. Matt and his older daughter decide to search for this man they never met dragging along the younger girl and the oldest girl's boyfriend, and, of course, the viewer. The Descendants has many things going for it. George Clooney, for one, beautiful views of two of the islands of Hawaii, a strong story that does not shy away from reality and avoids the sugarcoating so prevalent in Hollywood movies, and great acting from all the actors including the aforementioned Mr. Clooney. Yet, I cannot say I loved it. Why? Because it is a realistic take on fatherhood and marriage and, after watching the trailer, I expected something lighter. This is not the movie's fault. The Descendants is a serious movie and that's perfectly all right. I like serious movies. But not when I am expecting something else. So, now that you know, please go and enjoy. It's worth seeing. Just don't go for the laughs.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of George Clooney's Best!!!

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    Falcon66
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    Some actors simply show up for the check. Some slide on image. George Clooney is always watchable; even when he seems to be coasting. Then he'll knock a curve over the fence. You see the star billing but he reminds the audience that behind the Ocean's is a fine actor. He does have an Oscar after all. Clooney disappears in The Descendants . His portrayal of a clueless man shocked into reality by tragedy ,forced to reconnect with fatherhood & family responsibilities, is faultless. Ranking with The Perfect Storm, The American, Michael Clayton & The Ides of March. He's given stellar support by Shailene Woodley (Divergent) as his oldest, resentful daughter who must verbally slap him with the fact that the life he thought he knew never existed. Beau Bridges is on hand a greedy brother. And Judy Greer is moving as a wife whose life becomes ensnared with Clooney's family. Whether in front of the camera or behind as director (Good Night & Good Luck) or producer (Argo) George Clooney rarely disappoints. As for that check? He earns it, then quietly recycles it into positive projects.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the Best Movies Films of 2011

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    BigRed
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    The Descendants was nominated for Best Picture in 2011 at the Academy Awards, and rightly so. George Clooney does an amazing job playing the part of a "part-time dad", as his character (Matt King) calls it, in the film. Going through a tough time and facing a tough decision, King's family comes together to help overcome their obstacles. Directed by Alexander Payne (who also directed Sideways), this film is sure to take the viewer on an emotional roller coaster. I found that I could relate to some of the hardships the characters went through, and found the film to be a true masterpiece. Also, this film is Shailene Woodley's coming out party and she did everything but disappoint. I highly recommend watching it. If you aren't pleased with the plot, at the very least you will find the cinematography enjoyable - because it takes place in Hawaii.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really good George Clooney film

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    Laurie
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    I'm not a big George Clooney fan and don't really understand most Americans' fascination with him. He has been called a modern-day Cary Grant, which I don't agree with. However, I bought this movie, because I heard all of the good reviews and because it was filmed in Hawaii. I also thought the story sounded interesting and am a fan of Shailene Woodley. I thought that this was George Clooney's best performance in years, that Shailene Woodley gave a great performance, and that the scenery in the movie was really beautiful. I recommend this movie, especially for George Clooney fans.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    When in Need Family Comes Together

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    mikedranger
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    A great movie as George Clooney is dealing with two major pressing issues at one time. One is his wife is in a coma that is irreversible and the other dealing with the sale or no sale of a family trust of land his family has inherited from years ago. He also is dealing with being a father instead of a kind of absent father to his young daughter and his rebellious daughter as well. Through the movie it proves in times of need family can unite and make it through the tough times.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Looking Forward to Viewing the Movie

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    Snell902
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    I was attracted to the movie because it is set in Hawaii (which we love) and it appears to be a good story that contains real life emotions as well as a dose of humor. George Clooney can be a bit full of himself but is a good actor. Best Buy wanted a completed survey right away so here it is -- sorry I can't give you a meaningful review -- but I'm optimistic you will like it if you like good stories without all the usual violence, bombs and surreal graphics.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good addition to dvd library

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    lupinrules
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    this interesting George clooney movie situated in beautiful Hawaii, depicts many gorgeous views of the islands. interesting story about an attorney's family dealing with a large land settlement of scenic undisturbed native land, while his wife was seriously injured while out with another man, not known by husband. he tries to reconnect with his daughters in this sweet and sometimes sad, easy to follow story.

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