The Descendants

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    Native islander Matt King (George Clooney) lives with his family in Hawaii. Their world shatters when a tragic accident leaves Matt's wife in a coma. Not only must Matt struggle with the stipulation in his wife's will that she be allowed to die with dignity, but he also faces pressure from relatives to sell their family's enormous land trust. Angry and terrified at the same time, Matt tries to be a good father to his young daughters as they too try to cope with their mother's possible death.
    Native islander Matt King (George Clooney) lives with his family in Hawaii. Their world shatters when a tragic accident leaves Matt's wife in a coma. Not only must Matt struggle with the stipulation in his wife's will that she be allowed to die with dignity, but he also faces pressure from relatives to sell their family's enormous land trust. Angry and terrified at the same time, Matt tries to be a good father to his young daughters as they too try to cope with their mother's possible death.

    Awards

    Academy Awards - Adapted Screenplay

    Spirit Awards - Supporting Female - Shailene Woodley

    Spirit Awards - Screenplay

    Golden Globes - Best Picture (Drama)

    Golden Globes - Best Actor (Drama) - George Clooney

    National Board Of Review - Best Actor - George Clooney

    National Board Of Review - Best Supporting Actress - Shailene Woodley

    National Board Of Review - Best Adapted Screenplay

    Nominations

    Academy Awards - Best Picture

    Academy Awards - Best Actor - George Clooney

    Academy Awards - Directing - Alexander Payne


    Director's Guild Awards - Outstanding Directorial Achievement (Feature Film) - Alexander Payne


    Writer's Guild Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay - Alexander Payne & Nat Faxon & Jim Rash


    SAG Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Cast

    SAG Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - George Clooney

    Director: 
    Alexander Payne
    Studio: 
    Fox Searchlight
    Release Date: 
    IN SELECT THEATRES NOVEMBER 16
    Rating: 
    R: Restricted
    Rating Warnings: 
    Language including some sexual references.

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    Comments

    It was a short version made into a long version. Alot of swearing from kids.

    Chick'movie,or what

    screened last nite and thought it was good. Comedy, off color humor and the subject of death and adultery. It was good.

    Ending leaves it open, so that a sequel could be made someday.

    Excellent movie, had you laughing one minute, crying the next, George Clooney was amazing in this.

    I saw this movie yesterday thanks to you guys! It had me laughing, and crying at the same time!

    At first thought this movie was going to be a waste of time, but it really turned around. The bratty kids got on my nerves at first, but they end up being smart in their own way. The vegetative wife has the easiest bit part of a life time and at last someone decides not to sell out. Ended up really enjoying this movie, as ir is about love, family, forgiveness and trust....but where are some of the actual Hawaiian looking relatives?

    Would love to see this Screening. I just love George...........

    This has a release date of November 16th but has a "preview" in Tampa the 21st? hmmm

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    Was this movie all that the actors expected it to be in terms of a box office hit?

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    Simply A tug at the heart strings!!

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    Very moving (my friend cried.) Poignant, realistic, delivered well.