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Genre Drama
Running Time 115 min
Release Date Dec 9, 2011
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The Descendants

"The Descendants" is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off Waikiki.

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"The Descendants’’ is a relatively minor work from director Alexander Payne, by which I mean it’s in a major key, with little if any of the astringent character observation of “Sideways,’’ “Election,’’ or “About Schmidt.’’ It’s nicer, if you can deal with that. Yet I can’t think of another movie this year that made me laugh or weep harder for the whole lumpy business of being - the compromises and connections that get us through the day and somehow add up to entire lives.

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(no rating) Dec 21, 2011 - air7931 on The Descendants
Bad language ruined movie!

I got tired of a teenage daughter constantly using the f word around her father and everybody else. Most fathers would of slapped her.

The bad language ruined the movie!

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Nov 22, 2011 - reddig.jeffrey on The Descendants
Another winner from Alexander Payne

The Descendants is yet another terrific dramedy from Alexander Payne. More in the same vein as About Schmidt as opposed to Sideways, it is a superbly acted drama with moments of levity (it is not the comedy it is being billed as). While George is terrific in the lead, all of the supporting performances are note-perfect too. A perfectly crafted movie that is ultimately emotionally devastating. It is a first-rate tearjerker.

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