The Descendants (2011)


The Descendants is a comedy/drama starring George Clooney as a Hawaiian landowner who is has been indifferent for years to his wife and two daughters. After his wife is in a boating accident he reexamines his life and his relationships to his family. Sounds good.

Cool thing? The descriptions of the film called Clooney’s character a land baron.

I want to be a land baron. Why does Clooney get to be awesome AND a land baron? Doesn’t seem fair.

Anyways, Clooney plays Matt King, and he sets out with his two daughters to find his wife’s lover in hopes of keeping the family together. Because finding your wife’s lover ALWAYS keeps the family together.


The Descendants

The Descendants is being directed by Alexander Payne, who cowrote the script, which is based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. You’d know Payne as the writer/director of Sideways. So he’s pretty talented.

The Descendants Trailer

Movie Release Date

Limited release on December 16, 2011. If it gets good reviews, it’ll likely get a wide release.


Who’s In It?

  George Clooney … Matt King
  Judy Greer
  Shailene Woodley … Alexandra
  Matthew Lillard … Brian
  Beau Bridges
  Robert Forster
  Michael Ontkean … Cousin six
  Rob Huebel … Mark Mitchell
  Mary Birdsong … Kai
  Nick Krause … Sid
  Troy Manandic … Bar parton
  Matt Corboy … Cousin Ralph
  Milt Kogan … Dr. Johnston
  Scott Michael Morgan … Barry Thorson
  Paul Edney … Bicyclist
  Joji Yoshida … Troy’s Buddy
  Amara Miller … Scottie

What’s Good About It?

Director of Sideways and it has George Clooney involved. Sure, Clooney may be a smug douche, but he generally makes good movies. Also, he’s a LAND BARON.

What’s Bad About It?

I don’t really have anything bad to say, other than that Clooney can be a bit of a douche.

Our Clever Prediction

I don’t anticipate Sideways-level success, but I think The Descendants will do pretty well. I’m thinking some possible Oscar nominations and a wide release in early 2012.