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The Descendants


Nov 17, 2011

Latest Home Video

Mar 13, 2012

MPAA Rating



Alexander Payne


George Clooney
Judy Greer
Matthew Lillard


2011 Fox Searchlight Pictures

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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.

Content Details

Why Is The Descendants Rated R?

The Descendants is rated R for language including some sexual references.

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in The Descendants...

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.

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

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Another father has to tell his children some difficult news about their mother in Grace is Gone. A widowed dad struggles to raise his daughters in Dan in Real Life. Another resident of Hawaii suffers a life altering accident in Soul Surfer. And two orphaned sisters try to hang onto family ties in Lilo and Stitch.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Coarse Language.
AB 14A
MB 14A Coarse Language.
ON 14A Coarse Language, Mature Theme.

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of The Descendants...

Home Video Notes: The Descendants

Release Date: 13 March 2012

The Descendants releases to home video in the following packages:

The Descendants: Blu-ray Combo Pack

- Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy of feature film

- Deleted Scenes with introductions by the director

- Everybody Loves George

- Working with Alexander

- The Real Descendants

- Hawaiian Style

- Casting

- Working with Water

- Music Videos: Will I Ever See You Again, Postcards from Paradise and Honolulu’s Whisper

- Waiting for the Light

- The World Parade – Hawaii (Silent Film)

- A Conversation with George Clooney and Alexander Payne

The Descendants: DVD

- DVD copy of feature film

- Everybody Loves George

- Working with Alexander

- Hawaiian Style

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