The Descendants

The Descendants

George Clooney as Matt King and Shailene Woodley as Alexandra star in THE DESCENDANTS, a film by Alexander Payne. Photo by: Merie Wallace. Picture courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved.

The Descendants (2011)

Opened: 11/16/2011 Wide

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Genre: Comedy/Drama

Rated: R for language including some sexual references.


From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar®-winning SIDEWAYS, THE DESCENDANTS is set in Hawaii and follows the unpredictable journey of an American family at a crossroads. Matt King (George Clooney), a husband and father of two girls, must re-examine his past and navigate his future when his wife is in a boating accident off Waikiki. He awkwardly attempts to repair his relationship with his daughters - 10 year-old precocious Scottie (Amara Miller) and rebellious 17 year-old Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) - while wrestling with a decision to sell his family's land. Handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries, the Kings own some of the last priceless virgin parcels of tropical beach in the islands.

When Alexandra drops the bombshell that her mother was in the midst of a romantic fling at the time of the accident, Matt has to take a whole new look at his life, not to mention his legacy, during a week of momentous decisions. With his girls in tow, he embarks on a haphazard search for his wife's lover. Along the way, in encounters alternately funny, troublesome and transcendent, he realizes he's finally on course toward rebuilding his life and family.

Fox Searchlight Pictures presents, an Ad Hominem Enterprises production, THE DESCENDANTS, directed by Alexander Payne with a screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash and based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The ensemble cast includes George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Nick Krause, Amara Miller, Mary Birdsong, Rob Huebel and Patricia Hastie.

The creative team includes producers Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, director of photography Phedon Papamichael, ASC, production designer Jane Ann Stewart, film editor Kevin Tent, A.C.E., costume designer Wendy Chuck, co-producer George Parra, music supervisor Dondi Bastone and executive music producer Richard Ford.