The Descendants

The Descendants

Director: Alexander Payne Cast: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller

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Alexander Payne's seriocomic The Descendants, an adaptation of the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, stars George Clooney as Matt King, a middle-age Hawaiian who runs a trust responsible for millions of dollars worth of untouched real estate that has been passed down to him and various cousins. He is preparing to sell the area, and make millions for everyone in the trust, when his wife suffers severe head trauma during a boat race. As he attempts to get her affairs in order, he learns that she had been having an affair. With his two daughters in tow, along with his oldest daughter's doofus boyfriend, Matt sets off to confront the man who made him a cuckold. Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, and Robert Forster co-star. The Descendants screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2012
UPC: 0024543752035
Original Release: 2011
Rating: R
Source: Fox Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 11,100

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Everybody Loves George; Working with Alexander; Hawaiian Style

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Matt King
Shailene Woodley Alexandra King
Amara Miller Scottie King
Judy Greer Julie Speer
Beau Bridges Cousin Hugh
Nick Krause Sid
Patricia Hastie Elizabeth King
Matthew Lillard Brian Speer
Robert Forster Scott Thorson
Grace A. Cruz Scottie's Teacher
Kim Gennaula School Counselor
Karen Kuioka Hironaga Barb Higgins
Carmen Kaichi Lani Higgins
Kaui Hart Hemmings Matt's Secretary Noe
Matt Corboy Cousin Ralph
Matt Esecson Cousin Hal
Michael Ontkean Cousin Milo
Stanton Johnston Cousin Stan
Jonathan McManus Cousin Six
Hugh Foster Cousin Wink
Tiare R. Finney Cousin Connie
Tom McTigue Cousin Dave
Milt [Lewis] Kogan Dr. Johnston
Mary Birdsong Kai Mitchell
Rob Huebel Mark Mitchell
Laird Hamilton Troy Cook
Aileen "Boo" Arnold Dorm Supervisor
Esther Kang Alex's Roommate
Melissa Kim Alex's Drunken Friend
Barbara Lee Southern Alice "Tutu" Thorson
Celia Kenney Reina
Matthew Reese Buzz
Zoel Turnbull Hotel Clerk
Linda Rose Herman Grief Counselor
Scott Michael Morgan Barry Thorson
Darryl K. Gonzales Tahiti Nui Singer (Kanak Attack)
Koko Kanealii Tahiti Nui Singer (Kanak Attack)
Romey "Keola" Yokotake Tahiti Nui Singer (Kanak Attack)

Technical Credits
Alexander Payne Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Dondi Bastone Musical Direction/Supervision
Tracey Boyd Associate Producer
Jim Burke Producer
Wendy Chuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Nat Faxon Screenwriter
Richard L. Fox Asst. Director
Frank Gaeta Sound/Sound Designer
John Jackson Casting
Timothy Kirkpatrick Art Director
Phedon Papamichael Cinematographer
George Parra Co-producer
Karen Iboshi Preiser Makeup
Jim Rash Screenwriter
Jane Ann Stewart Production Designer
Jim Taylor Producer
Kevin Tent Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Descendants
1. Scene 1 [:27]
2. Scene 2 [2:51]
3. Scene 3 [3:39]
4. Scene 4 [2:10]
5. Scene 5 [1:18]
6. Scene 6 [3:54]
7. Scene 7 [3:40]
8. Scene 8 [4:38]
9. Scene 9 [3:17]
10. Scene 10 [3:37]
11. Scene 11 [4:42]
12. Scene 12 [1:45]
13. Scene 13 [3:53]
14. Scene 14 [4:42]
15. Scene 15 [:02]
16. Scene 16 [2:22]
17. Scene 17 [2:10]
18. Scene 18 [2:27]
19. Scene 19 [1:53]
20. Scene 20 [6:21]
21. Scene 21 [7:45]
22. Scene 22 [4:59]
23. Scene 23 [5:52]
24. Scene 24 [3:50]
25. Scene 25 [3:09]
26. Scene 26 [:58]
27. Scene 27 [1:53]
28. Scene 28 [3:08]
29. Scene 29 [2:48]
30. Scene 30 [3:46]
31. Scene 31 [4:57]
32. Scene 32 [2:27]

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The Descendants 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Chapter1-Take1 More than 1 year ago
Kaui Hart Hemming's novel The Descendants swept me away. I'm relieved to say the film didn't disappoint. It's rich, complicated, emotional. A surprising and refreshing mix of funny comingling with the sad. A grownup's movie with an R rating owing to its use, primarily of the f-word. It's always difficult to watch a film and miss the parts that didn't make it to the screen; it's that depth and richness of setting and character development filmmakers don't have time for. So while I may have shed a quick tear for Matt King's home without the quirky housekeeper, the hospital without the scene in the gift shop where Matt the buys up all the soft core postcards flouting his gorgeous 15 year old daughter Alex, in a bikini, without the scene where Scottie hops on their beach club bar stool singing for a drink like her mother used to; I shed many more for what did make it into the movie. I've never seen George Clooney so unattractively attractive. He wears faded cotton Hawaiian shirts tucked into dockers. Tucked in. Not cool. Kind of like a nerdy accountant. He never gets to dazzle us with his movie star smile or twinkle sardonically. He never gets to be George Clooney. Instead, he is Matt King, a man whose wild wife is in a coma caused by a boating accident, who has two daughters he has no idea how to deal with, a huge decision about what to do with a land inheritance, and the newfound knowledge that his wife was having an affair. He's a man at once confused and angry and grieving by the events taking place. Every gesture, every stunned expression, every look of resignation rang true. When he cried, I cried too. As in the book, his daughters shock him with their behavior and their language. The eldest daughter, Alex played by Shailene Woodley was honest and pure in her disgusted responses to her father and deserved anger with her comatose mother. She's a natural beauty too with the most amazingly expressive eyes, an actress one wants to watch. Young Amara Miller is pitch perfect as the both moody and needy Scottie. Matt Lillard, formerly known as Shaggy and that guy in Up A Creek with Seth Green and Dax Shepher, made the most of his small amount of screen time as did Judy Greer. I also enjoyed Nick Krause's performance, the stocky young actor played Sid the stoner with a wide and open grin, providing much of the comic relief. Alexander Payne, the director, who is known for his interest in locales and settings, showed Hawaii perfectly. The real Hawaii; not just the postcard picture perfect place we imagine when booking vacations. Oahu with it's crowded freeways, its big city with its share of poverty, and homelessness, and ugly architecture, its beautiful beaches crowded out by hotel after condo after hotel, as well as the soft and lovely landscape where guess what, sometimes it gets a bit grey. Sometimes it rains. Paradise isn't all it's cracked up to be. While there are spots of breathtaking beauty - notably the thousands of acres of land fronting an idyllic bay that Matt's family has owned for generations and which he now has to decide what to do with - I don't know that I've ever seen a film that painted Hawaii as a setting so realistically. Payne has said himself that the film is a little exposition heavy - the George Clooney voice over does come in quite a bit. But for me it was pitch perfect. Mature. Deep and velvety. At times bemused, at others the confusion, the anger, the hurt, but finally the contentment rings through. You should see
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