The Descendants 2011

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A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.

Starring:
George Clooney,Judy Greer
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Alexander Payne
Starring George Clooney, Judy Greer
Supporting actors Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Shailene Woodley, Mary Birdsong, Nick Krause, Amara
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Campobello on 20 Oct. 2012
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This film has won several Academy and Golden Globe awards, so this must be a good film, right? Well, that depends on which of the three categories of people you fall into.

This is not a film with a plot that is action packed. In fact, the film covers just few days following a fatal accident by the wife of George Clooney's protagonist, and how he and his family copes with the tragedy. Just like in a real life, there is not much drama for the most part. But once in a while, life challenges you to live up to be who you really are. Like, dealing with the hostility of your father-in-law, dealing with a repugnant boyfriend of your teenage daughter, and dealing with the revelation of your wife's infidelity from your daughter just when you are up to your neck with coping with your wife's impending death. At heart, this film is about a man who, through the tragedy of losing his wife, comes around to taking responsibility as a father and keeping his family from breaking apart. Clooney is brilliant as ever, but a major surprise was to see a newcomer, Shailene Woodley, playing a teenage daughter who, over the course of this film, grows up and be supportive of her father in coping with the events as they unfolded. Reminiscent of Debra Winger in her early years, this young actress is to be watched in future films. It was also a delight to see Judy Greer, whom I first noticed in Three Kings and What Women Wants; it is a mystery why she has remained underappreciated for a long time, as her acting has always been memorable despite being minor roles.

So, if you are one of these fortunate people who have no problems in life, and are just looking for a couple of hours of entertainment, then this film may let you down badly.
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