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The Descendants (2011)

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A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

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Matt King's family has lived in Hawaii for generations. His extended family - namely he and his many cousins - own 25,000 acres of undeveloped land on Kauai held in trust, which ends in seven years. The easiest thing for the family to do is sell the land before the seven years is up, which is all the talk in the state, as, to whom they sell the property could very well change the face of Kauai. Despite the vast wealth that comes with the land, Matt has decided to live solely on what he earns as a Honolulu lawyer. However, Matt has not had a perfect life living in Hawaiian paradise as many believe. He and his wife Elizabeth were having problems in their marriage. She recently got into a boating accident which has placed her in a coma. Their seventeen year old daughter Alex is in boarding school on the big island since they couldn't handle her rebellion, which was made all the worse by an argument of an unknown nature between mother and daughter during Alex's last visit home. And their ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,345,720 (USA) (18 November 2011)

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$82,624,961 (USA) (27 April 2012)
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The Hawaiian quilt on Elizabeth's bed once she is moved to room 315 is the same quilt at the end of the movie when Matt, Scottie and Alex sit together on the couch to watch TV. See more »

Goofs

The door next to Elizabeth's room is almost closed after Alex comes out. When Alex goes back into the room with Scottie, the door is more open and a blue dispenser bottle is next to a small white hand towel. See more »

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[first lines]
Matt King: My friends on the mainland think just because I live in Hawaii, I live in paradise. Like a permanent vacation. We're all just out here sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips, and catching waves. Are they insane?
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'Imi Auia 'Oe
Written by Charles E. King and Queen Liliuokalani (as Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani)
Arranged and Performed by Keola Beamer
Courtesy of Dancing Cat Records
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Lacking in may departments
14 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is disappointing that this film has received such high ratings. After all, this is what drew me to go out and see it myself. Don't get me wrong, there is definitely an audience who would appreciate this film. In my opinion, however, it definitely lacks any kind of spark that would lead my to recommend it to anyone.

Even with Handsome George and Elegant Shailene, there is not enough of a plot or surprise or action to keep one satisfied. I considered leaving after an hour in and regret not doing so.

I can't even recommend this movie to someone who enjoys a feel-good, old-fashioned and polite kind of film because some of the language used by the cast is quite brash and offensive.

Save your money, and your time unless you're having trouble sleeping.

T


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