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Descendants [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]


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  • Actors: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Patricia Hastie
  • Directors: Alexander Payne
  • Writers: Kaui Hart Hemmings, Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon
  • Producers: Alexander Payne, George Parra, Jim Burke
  • Format: Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UXUX7S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,691 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Only Oscar-winning writer-director Alexander Payne (Sideways) would think to cast the famously handsome George Clooney as a dishevelled dad in his outstanding adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings's tragicomic novel. Clooney dials down the glamour to play Matt King, a Hawaii real-estate attorney with a propensity for unflattering shirts and ill-fitting trousers. When Matt's wife, Elizabeth, ends up in a coma after a water-skiing accident, Matt must learn to balance the parenting of his resentful daughters, Scottie (Amara Miller) and Alexandra (Shailene Woodley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), with the sale of a pristine plot of Kauai land that stands to make the King cousins, including scruffy Hugh (Beau Bridges), a fortune. As Elizabeth's condition worsens, Matt contacts friends and relatives, like her fiercely protective father (Robert Forster), so that they'll have the chance to say goodbye. In the process, he finds out she was having an affair with realtor Brian Speer (Matthew Lillard, effectively cast against type), so he and the girls, including Alex's hilariously mellow friend, Sid (Nick Krause), go on an island-hopping trip, ostensibly to add Brian to the mix, but Matt really wants to find out what his wife saw in the guy. His journey from naiveté to knowledge brings out Clooney's soulful side, creating a believably flawed, deeply sympathetic figure. If Payne leans too heavily on the slack-key soundtrack, his love for his characters, including Judy Greer as Matt's female counterpart, results in his most emotionally satisfying movie to date. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Haynes on 3 Nov 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I didn't know what to expect with this film, but the newspaper reviews were good, and I like George Clooney, so I took a chance, and I wasn't disappointed.

It's a slightly off-beat film/story, with interseting characters (who develop nicely - and in at least one case, surprisingly - as the film progresses), and Clooney is very good. I never know what to expect with Clooney, but this is one of his better films - the lead role could have been overacted quite easily, but Clooney does it just right.

Both my wife and I liked it, which is unusual, as we have quite different tastes. If you like intelligent films, try it, you won't be disappointed.

NB: Only 4 stars in no way suggests anything wrong with the film, I just like to reserve 5 stars for really good films.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
It's a refreshing change to find a film that puts into words what many of us think about adulterous spouses, Matt Kings wife, Joanie, is in coma after a boating accident and as the film evolves we soon realise that she has been cheating on him and her true character becomes evident. She has grown up from being a spoilt child to become an even more spoilt wife and bad mother and her present predicament is akin to divine judgement. Matt soon realises that his relationship with his daughters needs to change and he sets about trying to repair the harm wreaked by his wife. We find that Joanie, through her selfishness has harmed the lives of those closest to her and ,to a certain extent, has become the architect of her own downfall. The film has plenty of amusing cynical points and is not afraid to be slightly controversial in its views, it shows that one persons greed and selfishness can have disastrous consequences.

Also an excellent novel that is only slightly different from the film in that it explains a little more about Sids' problems (Sid is the elder daughters' friend).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
This pleasant movie is made interesting by George Clooney's performance as a Hawaiian lawyer who, as head of a family trust, is considering a plan to sell a perfect, unspoiled part of the state to a big developer. Just about all his cousins want the deal; they'll get a lot of money. But his wife has an accident and now is on life support. He has to learn how to be a parent to his young daughters. And then to learn to live knowing that his wife was sleeping around with a real estate agent and had plans to divorce him.

Not much on the politics of family financial tugging but a lot on one family learning how to live with each other. Clooney keeps it from becoming a daytime soap serial. The self-discovery portions (there's a lot of them) are mostly wry and often affecting. No big-time movie star aura from Clooney and he's not afraid to make his character (and himself) look a bit silly at times.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 July 2012
Format: DVD
George Clooney puts his heart on the line in this one, as a land baron who's forced to stop concentrating on his work when his wife suffers a critical accident, leaving her in a coma in the hospital. Therefore George must look after his two daughters, both who are going through various stages of adolescence.

It's good to see someone normally as suave as Mr Clooney, looking pretty out of his depth with two young girls and he pulls it off well. Despite having plenty of adult themes running through it - death, adultery, family in-fighting - it's actually quite a nice film with a decent message about family values.

It's not hilarious, but then it doesn't try to be. Just enjoy it for a gentle ride of good humour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
Having watched the extra features, which are mostly interviews with cast & crew, I`m happy they all had such a ball making this enjoyable, undemanding film. Therein perhaps lies the problem.
I loved Sideways, and I recently saw the wonderful Nebraska, both directed by the obviously affable, hugely capable Alexander Payne, so I expected this to pack a little more of a dramatic punch. That it doesn`t says as much, I suppose, about my expectations as it does about this pleasant, sometimes engrossing film.
It certainly takes its time getting going! The early scene-setting barely keeps the attention. Not a great start, but things do improve.
Clooney plays a a guy with two daughters whose straying wife is in hospital in a terminal coma. Shailene Woodley, nineteen at the time it was made, is excellent as the elder of the two daughters, and Amara Miller in her first film role is equally as good as her amusingly fractious younger sister. (Both are remarkably eloquent in the afore-mentioned interviews; they obviously had a fine old time, and loved having gorgeous George the prankster as their dad.)
There are effective cameos from Beau Bridges (with his long fair hair looking more like brother Jeff) and Judy Greer, who is very good as the onetime cheating wife`s lover`s wife - got that?
Clooney is as watchable as he usually is, but by heaven he coasts through this film, one eye no doubt on the gorgoeus Hawaiian scenery around him, not to mention the pleasures of the evidently relaxed shoot. There are times when you just know this is a man acting, turning on the tears or ruffled concern when the director says "Action". Clooney gives a lot to his roles, but he`s only just credible here as a cuckolded property developer with two errant kids.
That said, this is worth seeing, the Hawaiian music is wonderful - I must get the soundtrack CD - and the whole thing looks a treat.
Is it one of Payne`s better efforts? Is it hell!

Forgettably enjoyable.
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