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At Theaters: 11/16/2011 On Video: 3/13/2012
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 55 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 579997
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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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.
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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 kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
George Clooney THE IDES OF MARCH, THE AMERICAN, UP IN THE AIR
Shailene Woodley TV's - THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER
Beau Bridges MAX PAYNE, THE GOOD GERMAN, ROCKETMAN
Robert Forster GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST, DRAGON WARS, FIREWALL
Judy Greer MARMADUKE, LOVE HAPPENS, 27 DRESSES, CURSED
Director: Alexander Payne SIDEWAYS, ABOUT SCHMIDT, ELECTION
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Production Notes Heading
Trouble In The Tropics
The King Family
The Supporting Cast
Reality In Paradise: The Design
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Content Heading
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.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Today Full Review
Excellent It's a precarious balance, but Payne blends wit and poignancy so artfully it feels like an exquisitely choreographed dance.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 94 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
6
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
Low
50%
30+Adults (M)
34
Fairly High
76%
30+Adults (F)
51
High
90%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

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