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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The Descendants

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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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9 of 9 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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6 of 6 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Albatross 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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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Feb 2012
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.
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