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  • Actors: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Matthew Lillard, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster
  • Directors: Alexander Payne
  • Format: Letterboxed
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Arabic, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090NAATO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,010 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Alexander Payne, the celebrated director of Sideways, comes Oscar®-winning film that Rolling Stone calls “damn near perfect.” Academy Award® winner George Clooney “gives his best performance to date” (Philip French, The Observer) and newcomer “Shailene Woodley shines” (Total Film). Experience a bittersweet drama about a detached father’s attempt to reconnect with his two daughters and their often-hilarious quest for the truth in this “beautifully observed and brilliantly acted comedy drama” (Sunday Express).

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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 --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 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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15 of 16 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Not all movies match up to the critic's views when the film is first released, however, for me, this is quite simply a '5 star' film.
The background to the film is the possible sale, for development of a beautiful and unspoilt cove which has been passed down the line for many generations, 'Matt King' and his many family members would benefit from such a sale, however many 'Hawaian' locals are against the sale, 'Matt' who is trustee will have the last say on the matter.
However, for land-baron 'Matt' puts the prospect of a sale on the back-burner when his life is turned upside down when his wife 'Elizabeth' has a boating accident and is left in a coma.
'Matt' now has to pay more attention to his youngest 'Scottie'
When told that his wife will not recover he and 'Scottie' travel to another island to pick up eldest daughter Alexandra' who is a student at a boarding school.
'Alexandra' is a little wayward with plenty of attitude, she soon gives her father another bombshell to deal with, telling him her mother was having an affair.
'Matt' wants to confront the man he learns to be 'Brian Spear', but in the cold light of day feels that if 'Brian' and his wife 'Elizabeth' were in love, 'Brian' should maybe have the oppertunity to say goodbye.
This is a quality movie, and, for me, is one of 'George Clooney's finest performances' ...............enjoy
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14 of 15 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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12 of 13 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 22 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
There is a lot of disregard for this film and a lot for Clooney, and it really put me off wanting to see this film.

But if you disregard the disregard (ha ha) you will be awarded with one of the most fruitful, funny, and touching films made in a very long time.

Clooney plays Matt King, a lawyer who owns a lot of Hawaian land thanks to a legacy (hence the title). To cut a long story short, his wife is in a major boating accident, has to look after his daughters, and finds out his wife was having an affair.

All this with the added pressure of his cousins wanting to sell the beloved land.

Time for a road trip to meet the other man in his wife's life.....

Clooney owns this film, as he is in every scene almost and really puts you into Matts shoes. Every emotion is shown here, and even little things, such as the moment where he makes uncomfortable eye contact with a man on a plane, his performance is perfect.

The rest of the cast are great to, especially Forster and Woodley, as they add a bit of life to the film. Payne has really handled Woodleys character well, because when we first meet her, you think that this is just another spoilt rich girl who hates her dad because he's not there.

But is could not be further from the truth and it's clear that Payne is having a ball pulling the rug from under her feet. And it's her revelation that really turns the film on it's head.

Payne mixes the bitter with the sweet, and for every heart wrenching moment, there is a scene or a line that is literally laugh out loud funny.

All in all, it's a great movie about finding yourself, and realising that life is too short and making every second count.

The film finishes perfectly,with three people sitting on a couch eating Ice Cream. It sounds boring, but the feeling of togetherness in the most simplest of scenarios, is perfect.
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