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The Descendants (DVD, 2012)
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The Descendants is a drama set in Hawaii that centers on the lives of a powerful family that owns 25,000 acres of land on the island of Kauai. The Descendants begins with Matt...Read more
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I liked it = The gems of the story is the drama between the bit players.
It was a good film, a new story, lovely setting, well acted, but I didn't think it was monumental. Just good entertainment, satisfying but not overly impressive. Film of the...Read more
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The Descendants Is A Must See
The Descendants is a superb film with a dynamic cast. Throughout the movie, you wonder if Clooney's character is ever to catch a break. With his wife in a coma and on the frin...Read more

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The Descendants is a drama set in Hawaii that centers on the lives of a powerful family that owns 25,000 acres of land on the island of Kauai. The Descendants begins with Matt King, played by George Clooney, attempting to come to grips with his life after a boating accident has left his wife in a coma. King’s family has lived on Hawaii for generations and the land they hold has been handed down from Hawaiian royalty over the years. The Descendents keys in on the drama that Matt Kings faces when he must address the realities of his failed relationship with his two young daughters and his less than faithful wife who is slipping away in the hospital and will not recover. In the DVD, Matt does not think he has the ability to raise his children on his own, and he also struggles with the fact that within seven years, the trust on his family’s land is set to expire and he must decide whether or not to sell the land to developers. The DVD runs 115 minutes and is rated R.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 024543752035

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD

eBay Product ID: EPID112931061

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4 stars out of 4 -- "Clooney gives one of his best performances in this film....Payne is gifted at using the essence of an actor..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (11/16/2011)

"Alexander Payne has made his best film yet with THE DESCENDANTS....George Clooney is in very top form in a film that will connect with any audience looking for a genuine human story..."
Hollywood Reporter - Todd McCarthy (09/02/2011)

"Mr. Clooney and the director, Alexander Payne, proceed to shake up our expectations....Surprising, moving and frequently very funny."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (11/18/2011)

"Throughout this beautifully textured portrait of a family at a crucial juncture, we're swept up and buoyed along, as if riding a series of waves in Hawaii, the setting for the film."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (11/16/2011)

5 stars out of 5 -- "Writer/director Alexander Payne returns in top form with this extraordinary dramedy....George Clooney has never been better..."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (09/13/2011)

"A beautifully chiseled piece of filmmaking -- sharp, funny, generous, and moving -- that writes its own rules as much as ABOUT SCHMIDT or SIDEWAYS did." -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (11/25/2011)

"The film plays to Payne's strengths -- not just the emotional complexity and the constantly shifting kaleidoscope of moods, but his skill at eliciting in-depth performances from his cast."
Sight and Sound - Philip Kemp (02/01/2012)

4 stars out of 5 -- "A wry, intelligent look at the contradictions and complexities of human emotions. And the cast is exemplary, down to the smallest role."
Total Film - Philip Kemp (03/01/2012)

4 stars out of 4 -- "A pitch-perfect movie that threads a microscopically tiny needle between high comedy and devastating drama."
Washington Post (11/18/2011)

"An exceptionally smart and enjoyable comedy..."
Wall Street Journal (09/09/2011)

"The film is conversational in its pathos, wry in its wisdom, very much an extension of the smart, sardonic sensibility Payne brought to SIDEWAYS and ABOUT SCHMIDT."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (11/16/2011)

"THE DESCENDANTS thrives primarily because of Payne�s staging....the Hawaiian setting gives the story a distinctive flavor..." -- Grade: B
A.V. Club - Noel Murray (11/17/2011)

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I liked it = The gems of the story is the drama between the bit players.

 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 29/03/12
It was a good film, a new story, lovely setting, well acted, but I didn't think it was monumental. Just good entertainment, satisfying but not overly impressive. Film of the year, I don't think so, just wasn't that gripping. But I liked it. Clooney is very much himself in this film, and those who love him will get their fill.

The really interesting story lies between the daughter and her friend who's a boy. Finding out your [nearly] dead wife was cheating on you's been done. But the friendship, and goings on among the bit players are the real gems of this film. You wouldn't get to meet them without Clooney's character.

So there it is, watch it, see what you think. I enjoyed it.

Cheers and Blessings, Max Rainet.

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The Descendants Is A Must See

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Created: 04/10/12
The Descendants is a superb film with a dynamic cast. Throughout the movie, you wonder if Clooney's character is ever to catch a break. With his wife in a coma and on the frindge of death, Clooney's character has to deal with taking care of his youngest, sweet, but trouble making daughter, his oldest daughter who is a rebel without a cause and her boyfriend, along with trying to confront the man whom his wife was having an affair with; all while being involved in a very public business deal involving land which his family has owned for centuries. Should they sell or not sell? As trying as the journey is for Clooney and his family, it ultimately brings them closer than ever. Through the trying times, comedic relief is always there to keep it rolling.
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Loved the Hawaii music

 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 10/06/13
We saw the movie on HBO and my wife and I loved the music in the background. We even checked to see if we could buy the music only, but evidently the producers failed to put out an album. My friend who is going to be 97 on July 31, 2013 was born and raised in Hawaii, so we bought him this movie for his enjoyment. He told me it was a true story of Hawaii. He was very happy we had purchased this dvd for him. The only thing that I did not like about this movie was the sad theme. Overall I give this movie 4 stars.
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Clooney running towards me.

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Created: 27/03/12
Good movie. I liked the premise, loved the setting.
I ought it because I had heard so much hoopla about it-only 4 stars because I couldn't quite wrap my head around why his wife would fool around on him. George Clooney in hawaii. What more could any woman want?
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This movie is very moving...with a great story line...and great acting!

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Created: 05/07/12
Awesome movies, great story line, powerful performances by the entire cast...worth seeing!!! A++++ One of these movies that makes you think about life...and makes you apprecate being well.
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