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

George Clooney , Shailene Woodley , Alexander Payne    Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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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: 3
  • 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 (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UXUX7S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,714 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

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, intelligent film 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of good acting 8 Jun 2013
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, sweet-natured and wry 12 Aug 2012
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite sweet really 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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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise offers no King immunity from care 28 Feb 2012
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Director Alexander Payne has previously directed high quality movies such as Election [1999] [DVD]starring Reese Witherspoon, About Schmidt [DVD] [2003] starring Jack Nicholson, and Sideways [DVD] (Widescreen Edition) starring Paul Giamatti, nominated for five Oscars winning one.

Gregory Peck once said it's hard to make a good man look interesting.

You can probably imagine in a cinematic world peopled with antiheroes, flawed heroes, or unrealistic superheroes, how refreshing it might be, to encounter a good guy we can relate to, in situations that parallel those we might actually experience.

George Clooney plays Matt King, a lawyer, businessman, and hardworking mostly absent father of two girls. He happens to be wealthy because of his descent from the original landowners of Hawaii, the real Hawaiians, who own most of Hawaii. Sole trustee of the family's interests, and now because of succession rules faced with the situation of having to sell off thousands of acres of pristine land to resort developers. Despite his family wealth Doug leads a very modest life. He drives a metallic silver Honda Civic, a sensible car.

When his thrillseeking wife ends up in a coma following a powerboating accident, he is thrust into the unfamiliar role of looking after his two daughters each bringing their own challenges. The younger one has difficulties in school, the older one, well, she's a teenager.

We learn early in the movie that the wife had an affair, making a difficult situation even worse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
good roll for Clooney a very enjoyable film
Published 1 day ago by cleopatra
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great DVD thanks
Published 3 days ago by loretto
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie
Loved this movie....loved the beautiful nature. Just makes you realize how important it is to work on relationships because one day it could just be too late.
Published 10 days ago by Martina
3.0 out of 5 stars The Descendants
A nice film.
Published 18 days ago by Charmian Law
5.0 out of 5 stars A Family Story in a Beautiful Setting
I do enjoy this film. I have watched it several times. It is a story of a family. But this is a large family. There are many cousins. Read more
Published 18 days ago by S.M. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best George Clooney film
I watched it all the way through but is was fairly pedestrian. I did get tired of the shirts and the background music. Perhaps Hawaii is not for me!
Published 18 days ago by Lindylu
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor script, very slow
Poor script, very slow,not funny and a poor understanding of loss. Watched it after 'Rust and Bone', a French-language film also about loss, and a hundred times better. Read more
Published 21 days ago by tragikov
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not a great fan of George Clooney films but I enjoyed this one. Not his usual type of part.
Published 1 month ago by Ros Iredale
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
gently, lovely film
Published 1 month ago by Mrs S Redwood-Davies
3.0 out of 5 stars descendants film.
Saw this film at the cinema thought I would get the dvd.its a chick flick rearly but well worth watching.the acting especially by the childrenis great.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. C. J. Grant
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