The Descendants parents guide

The Descendants

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.

Release date November 18, 2011

Violence B
Sexual Content C
Profanity D
Substance Use C

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

Run Time: 115 minutes

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The Descendants
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Descendants rated R? The Descendants is rated R by the MPAA for language including some sexual references.

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.

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The Descendants
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A
Manitoba 14A Coarse Language.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Mature Theme.
Quebec G
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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Cast and Crew

The Descendants is directed by Alexander Payne and stars George Clooney, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard .

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Descendants movie is March 13, 2012. Here are some details…

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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