Reviewed by: Steve Warburton
personal responsibilities and duties
deciding what is important in life
an indifferent husband and father (emotionally distant)
seriously flawed wife with hedonistic lifestyle
neglected daughters and the damage done from years of distance
becoming a better father
exploiting others for personal gain
severe accidental injury
deciding whether to “pull the plug” on a mate in irreversible coma
a living will
alcoholism / drunkenness
durg addiction / cocaine abuse / substance abuse
bullying by young people
teenage sexuality and fornication
Are we living in a moral Stone Age? Answer
|Featuring:||George Clooney … Matt King
Matthew Lillard … Brian
Shailene Woodley … Alexandra
Beau Bridges … Cousin Hugh
|Producer:||Ad Hominem Enterprises
Jim Burke … producer
|Distributor:||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
I doubt that the makers of “The Descendants” intended this movie to be a commentary on adultery, but that’s the way I saw it.
George Clooney plays a wealthy businessman whose wife is in a coma after a boating accident. Later, his estranged daughter tells him that Mom was having an affair. Much of the movie deals with Clooney tracking down his wife’s lover. They meet, but I shouldn’t say much else, lest I spoil it for you.
Watching the movie made me think about what an immense responsibility marriage and fatherhood is. Clooney’s character has two daughters, one who became an alcoholic and one who is becoming more and more antisocial. The wife was unable to find satisfaction with him and so sought comfort in the arms of another man. The reason, from what I can tell, is the dude found his family more of a distraction. His real god was work.
Anyway, “The Descendants” is a marvelous movie, in my opinion. It’s well written, has incredible acting, and a powerful stance on greed vs. Tradition. Clooney turns in one of the best performances of his career.
There’s vulgar language and some profanity, but you were probably expecting that—f-words (2 dozen), GD (6), OMG (3), plus “for Chr_st’s sakes” and “for G_d’s sakes.”
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Heavy / Sex scenes: None (except a kiss), but there is vulgar sexual language and references / Nudity: Moderate (beach scenes, cleavage, and brief scene about porn on pay-per-view hotel TV)
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.