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Overall C+

Matt King's (George Clooney) life unravels after his wife (Patricia Hastie) is seriously injured in a boating accident off the Hawaiian Islands. While attempting to connect with his daughters (Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller), the distracted father and husband has to face some painful truths about the relationships he has been neglecting.

Violence B
Sexual Content C
Profanity D
Substance Use C

MPAA Rating: R for language including some sexual references.

Why is The Descendants rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Descendants is rated R for for language including some sexual references.

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Violence: A tragic accident is mentioned and a woman in a coma is depicted. Some blood is seen during medical procedures. Death, organ donations and removing life support are discussed. Characters argue loudly and make accusations and mild threats. A man punches a teen.

Sexual Content: Characters are frequently seen in bathing suits and string bikinis. Movie posters of scantily clad women are seen on a TV screen. A young girl claims she watched a porno movie at a friend’s house. Sexual language, slang anatomical terms, crude remarks and rude references to puberty are heard. A young girl models her older sisters underwear (bra and panties). Adultery is frequently discussed. A married man kisses a woman who is not his wife. A father questions the relationship between his daughter and her male friend.

Language: Language includes frequent use of a strong sexual expletive (once in a sexual context), a couple of crude hand gestures, scatological slang, terms of Deity and profanities. Disparaging remarks are made about the sick, elderly and mentally challenged.

Drugs and Alcohol: References are made to alcohol abuse and illegal drug use (sometimes involving minors). A drunken teen girl is seen. Adult characters drink in bars and social settings. Cigar smoking is briefly shown.