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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Matt King
... Alexandra King
... Scottie King
... Sid
... Elizabeth King
Grace A. Cruz ... Scottie's Teacher
Kim Gennaula ... School Counselor
Karen Kuioka Hironaga ... Barb Higgins
Carmen Kaichi ... Lani Higgins
... Matt's Secretary Noe
... Cousin Hugh
... Cousin Ralph
Matt Esecson ... Cousin Hal
... Cousin Milo
Stanton Johnston ... Cousin Stan
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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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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,190,096, 20 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,584,160

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,243,185
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Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster and Michael Ontkean all appeared in Twin Peaks. With Lillard and Forster being in the 2017 series and Ontkean appearing in the original series. Forster was the first choice for Sheriff Harry Truman until Ontkean replaced him. Ironically, Forster ended up replacing him in the 2017 series as Frank Truman. See more »

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At the movie's end, Matt & his daughters watch a documentary in which the commentary implies that Antarctica became covered in ice because it moved south due to tectonic drift. Although no longer a tropical paradise, Antarctica remained forested until as recently as 20 million years ago, after its final separation from South America created a circumpolar ocean current which isolated the continent's weather. 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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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.19 (2011) See more »

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Pua Hone
Written and Performed by Rev. Dennis Kamakahi
Courtesy of Dancing Cat Records
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Certainly one of the year's best
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My only regret about this movie is that it took me this long to see it. The Descendants, is one of those films that fully succeeds at what it is trying to accomplish. George Clooney fully engulfs himself into the character of Matt King, and his emotional range sways from moments of pure pleasure to those of betrayal and discomfort. Clooney's spectacular and award winning performance is only outdone by Alexander Payne's ability to portray a beautiful slice of heaven in Hawaii while at the same time breaking the viewers heart with devastating character developments and scenes that will undoubtedly have an emotionally conscious viewer on the verge of tears. Even the brief supporting roles of Beau Bridges, Matthew Lilliard, and Judy Greer feel so real and intense that at times it felt like I wasn't watching a film at all, but rather the lives of several individuals in some of their most vulnerable moments. To put it simply, Clooney gives a knockout performance and the Descendants is surely one the most outstanding films of the year. If I had to choose one, this would have to be my choice for the Best Picture of 2011. A+


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