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Release Date: November 16th, 2011

DVD Release Date: March 13th, 2012

R|1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary
Native islander Matt King (George Clooney) lives with his family in Hawaii. Their world shatters when a tragic accident leaves his wife in a coma. Not only must Matt struggle with the stipulation in his wife's will that she be allowed to die with dignity, but he also faces pressure from relatives to sell their family's enormous land trust. Angry and terrified at the same time, Matt tries to be a good father to his young daughters, as they too try to cope with their mother's possible death.

Cast: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Patricia Hastie, Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer

Director: Alexander Payne

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Little Blair, Dune, Ad Hominem Enterprises, Ingenious Film Partners

Distributors: Fox Searchlight, Fox Searchlight

Keywords: Love, Daughter, Father, Touching, Growing up, Witty, Wife, Emotional, Transformation, 2010s, Death

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Rarely has a contemporary movie taken in so much life and revealed it with such depth of feeling. show more

  • After a five-year wait since "Sideways," Alexander Payne has made his best film yet with The Descendants. Ostensibly a study of loss and coping with a tragic situation, this wonderfully nuanced look at a father and two daughters dealing with the imminent death of his wife and their mother turns the miraculous trick of possibly being even funnier than it is moving. show more

  • Clooney has never been better, subtler, more deeply rooted in a performance than he is in The Descendants. And he's funny, too. show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Best Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Film Editing