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After the death of his wife, Matt must get reacquainted with his two daughters, 10 year-old Scottie and 17 year-old Alexandra. Alexandra lets him know that her mother was having a romantic fling at the time of her accident.
Comedy Drama - This is a comedy-drama aimed at adults. Fans of George Clooney will
enjoy this showcase for him though some other known co-stars as
Robert Forster have less screen time. This is a more gentle film
than director Alexander Payne's previous films. Despite the
prominent presence of a teen and pre-teen character, constant
language and adult subject matter make the film inappropriate for
PROFANITY: 24 F-words, 11 S-words, 6 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: A punch. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol drinking, including by teens; tobacco. ACTION: None COMEDY: Some alcohol drinking, including by teens; tobacco.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good The Descendants delivers what too few recent movies achieve: intellectual stimulation coupled with emotional satisfaction. By default, that makes it one of 2011's best offerings.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent What happens is that we get vested in the lives of these characters. That's rare in a lot of movies. We come to understand how they think and care about what they decide.
USA TodayFull Review Excellent It's a precarious balance, but Payne blends wit and poignancy so artfully it feels like an exquisitely choreographed dance.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 94 moviegoers:
TEENS:Four of the six females loved "The Descendants." The other two only rated it as good/average, which isn't bad, but it's also not great.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:There aren't really enough reviews to be very accurate but these three didn't care much for "The Descendants."
ADULTS:These are pretty high reviews, but certainly not as high as the reviews given by movie critics. Better than half the males enjoyed "The Descendants," very much with a large percentage loving it. Unfortunately, close to half were disappointed, with many rating it below average. which is actually a very low review. The female reviews were quite a bit better in the mid-range, with a larger percentage indicating it was an above average movie and less indicating it was a below average movie. Overall, for adults, these are not great reviews, but they're certainly not bad reviews.
Matt King (George Clooney), a husband and
father of two girls, must re-examine his past and navigate his future when his
wife is in a boating accident off Waikiki. He awkwardly attempts to repair his
relationship with his daughters - 10 year-old precocious Scottie (Amara Miller)
and rebellious 17 year-old Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) - while wrestling with a
decision to sell his family's land. Handed down from Hawaiian royalty and
missionaries, the Kings own some of the last priceless virgin parcels of
tropical beach in the islands.
When Alexandra drops the bombshell that her mother was in the midst of a
romantic fling at the time of the accident, Matt has to take a whole new look at
his life, not to mention his legacy, during a week of momentous decisions. With
his girls in tow, he embarks on a haphazard search for his wife's lover. Along
the way, in encounters alternately funny, troublesome and transcendent, he
realizes he's finally on course toward rebuilding his life and family.