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The story is about a young mother who goes into a coma after a boating accident. The father has to deal with this heartbreaking situation, when his daughters aged 10 and 17, do not, at first, make things easy. The younger one does not have a clue and lives her simple life until she learns that the decision has been made to take the woman off the life support. The older one is very antagonistic to her father. She knows her mother was cheating on her father and resent his ostrich-like attitude. I was especially taken by something the other reviewers seem to have missed or did not consider as important as I did, namely that the writer made sure that everybody involved had a lot of class. Class is something what cannot be faked, and here the close family members showed they had it at the time of crisis. It is often a crisis when the true character of individuals surfaces. When crisis hit here, the rebellious teenaged daughter came to her senses and became fully supportive of her father, the husband showed his love for his wife despite the pain of a cheated husband, and did not succumb to the hatred any other man in his position might do. The obnoxious daughter’s boyfriend came around and started behaving like a normal human being. The marriage breaker, the lover of the dying woman, turned out not to be such a scoundrel as one might predict, and his cheated wife shows she has much more class than an average woman would have in the same situation. Nobody kept holding grudge, the life was going on. This is an excellent, well-acted and directed movie, in the same category as American Beauty. Nevertheless, despite good official reviews it has not become a blockbuster. The average unsophisticated American moviegoer can-not be impressed by and does not appreciate an above-average movie where every other word is not the “f” or “n” word, where cars do not explode and where blood is not oozing from dead bodies, preferentially n*ked.
Three steps away on being a Hallmark movie with cliched tropes.
Glad the acting from ensemble cast, non-snowing setting & bittersweet ,yet thoughtful plot of letting go cheating wife in coma & should there be mega million development on unspoiled land with his extended family made it a great movie.
Good for George to play age related uncharted role as a flawed father.
Any absolutely depressing movie - we quit halfway through. A totally dysfunctional family.
Although the movie left out some pertinent details that were in the book (like usual), the movie portrayal was quite entertaining on its own with some excellent acting & beautiful Hawaiian landscapes. (For a full review of this story, see my book review. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/968403.The_Descendants?from_search=true )
Age recommendation: 14 & up (profanity, discussions of infidelity, visuals of an comatose woman)
On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 7. (Book ranking - 7 stars)
I have an indifferent feeling to this movie. Don't really have an opinion. I'm not sure why that is. I enjoyed seeing the beautiful shots of Hawaii and I enjoyed the family history part of it, even though it is just for storytelling purpose. It was different but nice to see Clooney in a very un-Hollywood role. I think I was turned off by the Matthew Lillard and Judy Greer characters.
Pretty good movie but kind of slow and boring! Some beautiful shots of Hawaii.
Unique, unpredictable movie. Intensely moving scenes, even when nothing seems to be happening. Discomfort of the characters is palpable. Offbeat humor. I hated Payne's tedious "Sideways" (quit halfway through), but this one kept me mesmerized all the way.
The dad tries to reconnect his daughter with her mom who is going to die after a accident happened. While he do that, he explore the truth of the happened accident and the cause lead to relationship disruption between his daughter and wife. Also, he can not imagine that the relationshop disruption between him and his wife would be happened if the accident did not occur. This film is worth to watch and think.
I saw the movie and I had liked it this is based on a true story
this is not for children to watch
George Clooney plays a father who's now fully responsible for raising his two girls while their mother is in the hospital in a comma along w/other family issues he must come to find peace.
A movie about an upscale family get together in Hawaii that just happens because of a tragedy. Sad film that is interesting, thought provoking, and has a good cast and script. The hard working Matt King (actor G. Clooney) tries to hold his family together.
When his party animal wife winds up on life support following a boating accident, Hawaiian real estate magnate Matt King is forced to examine some uncomfortable truths about himself, his marriage, and the tenuous relationship his many absences have engendered with his two daughters: Scottie, a bratty nine-year old; and Alexandra, an angry adolescent who seems destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Despite a few lapses into preciousness this is a solidly written and well-balanced film whose talented cast, capped by George Clooney, move easily from light comedy to passionate tears, sometimes within the same scene as evidenced by one especially heated hospital room confrontation. The lush tropical settings belie a certain irony while a buoyant soundtrack of Island pop tunes manages to keep things in proper perspective. A real charmer!
Yet another drab, over-praised Male Crisis Movie from the staggeringly mediocre Alexander Payne ("Nebraska," "Sideways").
Solid acting by Clooney and the two actresses who play his daughters. A bittersweet drama with many funny moments.
Clooney has two daughters who tell him to F off and flip him the bird. Makes me really happy not to be a father. And the movie is depressing as well.
A big strike-out for the usually dependable Clooney.
Although I was not impressed on my initial viewing, this film holds up very well the second time around, primarily due to the fine performance by George Clooney as Matt King. At the same time, Payne minimizes the road trip device and it's accompanying string of cinematic vignettes which reduction places a greater emphasis on the development of the principal characters and their transformations as each comes to grips with individual issues. Probably Payne's most subtle and mature work.
In this story about a family's transformation by grief over a dying mother, the actors portraying George Clooney's daughters do an excellent job, and are sometimes more believable than Clooney. The secondary story line is about land development (ruining) Hawaii.
Not until the end does George explain that he and his relatives are essentially haoles who don't speak Hawaiian or pidgin. He begins to acknowledge and even honor his drop of Hawaiian blood. Hawaii isn't Hawaii without Hawaiian music. When the credits flashed by it looks like one of the songs is by Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of the islands.
I don't dislike him actively, like I do Quentin Tarantino and Lars Von Trier, but I think Alexander Payne ("Sidways," "About Schmidt") is rather overrated. Another male crisis movie, which is kind of his specialty. Does anybody buy George Clooney as a cuckold?