The Descendants
Fox (2/3/2012)
Comedy, Drama
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IMDB   7.4
115 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1
Amara Miller Scottie King
Nick Krause Sid
Patricia Hastie Elizabeth King
Grace A. Cruz Scottie's Teacher
Karen Kuioka Hironaga Barb Higgins
Carmen Kaichi Lani Higgins
Beau Bridges Cousin Hugh
George Clooney Matt King
Judy Greer
Matthew Lillard Brian
Shailene Woodley Alexandra
Kim Gennaula School Counselor
Kaui Hart Hemmings Matt's Secretary Noe
Matt Corboy Cousin Ralph
Matt Esecson Cousin Hal
Michael Ontkean Cousin Milo
Stanton Johnston Cousin Stan
Jon McManus Cousin Six
Hugh Foster Cousin Wink
Tiare R. Finney Cousin Connie
Alexander Payne
Producer Alexander Payne
Jim Burke
Jim Taylor
George Parra
Writer Alexander Payne
Nat Faxon
Jim Rash
Kaui Hart Hemmings
Cinematography Jim Taylor
Phedon Papamichael

With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.
Edition Details
Release Date 11/18/2011
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

The characters in this movie are many, complicated, and sorrowful in their own unique ways. Matt King was a perfect role for George Clooney. He keeps his composure, but we can still see a very heavy, filtered sorrow beneath the surface. Shailene Woodley's character (Woodley, by the way, gives one of the year's best performances) begins with a rebellious, even angry sadness, but we can see her develop over the course of the film, gaining a strong maturity beyond her years. Judy Greer and Robert Forster are each given a few spare scenes, and they make every second of their screen time count.

It really is an emotional ride, even depressing sometimes, but I'm surprised by the occasional review I read where critics say they didn't feel the emotion to be sincere. In my opinion, the emotions of the film never hit a single false note. I don't think just anybody could have made this movie the way it is. This isn't a typical drama, the movie's genre is Payne, and he knows exactly what he's doing.