The Descendants


The Descendants
This much-decorated film is set in Hawaii. A water-skiing accident lands mom in a coma. Dad is forced into a role he is not used to, that of actively looking after his two teen daughters. At the same time, he's trying to sell a large family property which would leave the family very wealthy. Things do not look good for mom, and then he learns some disturbing news about her, which sends him and the girls on an island-hopping journey of discovery. The film was nominated for five Oscars, including best film, director, actor and adapted script.

115 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language).
Comedy, Drama, On the art circuit

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Patricia Hastie
Director
Alexander Payne
ScreenplayAlexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, from the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings
CinematographyPhedon Papamichael
EditingKevin Trent
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2011
Produced byFox Searchlight Pictures, Ad Hominen Enterprises

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama, comedy
LanguageModerate to strong, fairly frequent, sexual
NudityNone
SexSome talks about sex
ViolenceOne mild incident
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseSome references
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
5


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith quote iconUnaffected performances and an exotic location come together to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts. While there are some unpredicatable funny moments, the film concentrates on the messiness that is life.
15
Die Burger
Jeanne Calitz quote iconClooney die ster van diƩ gesinsdrama.
15
Cape Times
Todd McCarthy quote iconCheers for Payne's replay after 'Sideways'.
20
Box Office
Pete Hammond quote iconAwards prospects are through the roof. The Descendants is that rare bird, moving, enlightening, funny and unapologetically human. It's one of the year's best pictures, one to savor and think about.
20
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconThe 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.
18
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconIf there's something fundamentally wrong with The Descendants, I can't find it. What I see ranks high on the list of the year's best films.
20
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconWhile it might not work for everyone, I found it quite enjoyable, entertaining and touching.
15
Metacritic.com
43 critics
17
Rottentomatoes critics
216 critics
16
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconFunny, moving, and beautifully acted, The Descendants captures the unpredictable messiness of life with eloquence and uncommon grace.
18
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
16
Movie Review Intelligence
50 critics
17

What the People say

Internet
20913 Netizens quote iconA movie that you do NOT want to end...
16

Average .. 86%

17

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