The Descendants (2011)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 49 mins

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This offbeat evocative drama is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney), 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 of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family's land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
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Cast: Amara Miller, George Clooney, Shailene Woodley

Crew: Alexander Payne (Director), Phedon Papamichael (Director of Photography)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 09 Dec 2011 (India)

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Did you know? In the original novel, Matt's wife's name was Joan. In the movie, it was changed to Elizabeth. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
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Color
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Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
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Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Panaflex
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24 fps
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2.35 : 1
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Early in the film, there is talk about donating Elizabeth's organs. If they really intended to do that, she wouldn't have been taken off of the ventilator, causing permanent hypoxic damage to the organs. Instead, she would've been declared brain dead, the organs would've been harvested soon after, then she would have been disconnected from the vent.

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The ashes are scattered in the sea with three leis. In one shot, Scottie's large white flowered lei is in the middle. In the next shot, from underwater, a different lei is in the middle.

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When the ashes are scattered in the sea, Alexandra's hair is in a side braid in a close-up, and in a bun in the long shot.

Factual Mistake
The resort models shown could not be built. Kaua'i's "coconut tree" building law states that new construction cannot be more than 4 stories tall.

Errors in Geography
The credits thank Oahu County, which does not exist. The island of Oahu is in Honolulu County.

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After Julie has left the hospital room and Matt is looking at Elizabeth, her right hand is away from her left. In the next shot, from behind Elizabeth, her right hand is turned closer to her left, even though she can't move her hands.

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When Matt approaches Julie as she stands on the beach watching her kids, her hands are on her hips, with her thumbs facing forward. After Matt comments the kids are a handful, her hands are still on her hips but her thumbs are facing backward.

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When Matt is at his neighbor's house, all of the chairs have cushions. When he sits down, his chair has no cushion.

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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.

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When Matt is running on the beach and passes Brian Speer, he is wearing shoes. When Matt chases Brian and runs back to his own place, Matt is running barefoot.

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On the plane to the island to meet Brian Speer, Cousin Hugh is clearly seated in the row directly behind the actors.

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When Matt meets Brian for the first time in the beach house, Brian is wearing a blue and white checkered shirt. While talking alone in the kitchen, the back collar of the shirt alternates between down and folded up between shots.

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When Matt talks to Elizabeth alone in her hospital room, Elizabeth's mouth is open in the far shot, but closed in the close-up.

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As Matt is running down the beach when Brian approaches, the beach is "natural". As Brian passes, the beach over Matt's shoulder has been raked, specifically where Brian is running. As Matt turns and chases Brian, the beach is "natural" again.
Trivia:
When Matt King describes his inherited wealth, he says, "I don't want my daughters growing up entitled and spoiled. And I agree with my father; you give your children enough money to do something but not enough to do nothing." This is based on a well-known quote from billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a 1986 Fortune magazine interview. "Setting up his heirs with a lifetime supply of food stamps just because they came out of the right womb can be harmful for them and is an antisocial act. To him the perfect amount to leave children is 'enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.'"

Amanda Seyfried auditioned for the part of the older daughter.

The phone number shown on George Clooney's character's Blackberry for Gold Coast Real Estate - (808) 926-7525 - really is the phone number for Honolulu's Gold Coast Real Estate, Inc.

When the King family are at Lihue airport in Kauai, Matt tells his cousin it's "just a little holoholo." In Hawaiian, "holoholo" means "to go out," usually for a leisurely drive. In the next scene, as the family rides in the cousin's jeep, lyrics in the musical cue include the phrase "holoholo ka'a," which means "going for a ride in a car."

Miles Teller auditioned and was one of the finalists to play Sid, but in the end lost the role to Nick Krause.

One closeup briefly shows Elizabeth's Punahou School diploma. Punahou School, in Honolulu, is the largest private school in the United States. It was built in 1841 and added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972. Barack Obama graduated from Punahou School in 1979.

King Kamehameha I became the first sovereign of the unified Hawaiian Islands in 1810. His last legitimate heir was Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who died in 1884. Margaret Ke'Alohilani and Edward King, the ancestors of the film's King family, are fictional.

In one scene, Elizabeth's mother is called "tutu", Hawaiian slang for grandparent.

George Clooney wanted to play the role of 'Jack' in Sideways (2004), Alexander Payne's last film. Payne turned him down, saying that he wanted someone lesser known for the role.

In the original novel, Matt's wife's name was Joan. In the movie, it was changed to Elizabeth.

Mikandrew Perdaris was considered for the role of 'Sid'.

Kaui Hart Hemmings: Matt's assistant, Noe, who announces "Your cousins are here" when Matt is prepares to meet with his relatives at his law office.