The Descendants | 2011

Drama, Adaptation
When his wife is left in a coma after an accident, Matt King, one of the richest men in Oahu, Hawaii, takes off with his two rebellious daughters to track down his wife's lover on the island of Kauai.
Director: Alexander Payne
Awards: 1 Oscar win. Another 11 wins & 21 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Matt King

Actor

... Alexandra King

Actor

... Cousin Hugh

Actor

... Scott Thorson

Actor

... Julie Speer

Actor

... Brian Speer

Actor

... Scottie King

Actor

... Kai Mitchell

Actor

... Mark Mitchell

Actor

... Elizabeth King

Actor

... Sid

Actor

... Elizabeth King

Actor

Company

Production Company

Ad Hominem Enterprises

Production Company

Production Company

Dune Entertainment

Financier

Synopsis

Matt King, a husband and father of two girls, must re-examine his past and navigate his future when his wife is in a boating accident off Waikiki. He awkwardly attempts to repair his relationship with his daughters - 10 year-old precocious Scottie and rebellious 17 year-old Alexandra - while wrestling with a decision to sell his family's land. Handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries, the Kings own some of the last priceless virgin parcels of tropical beach in the islands. When Alexandra drops the bombshell that her mother was in the midst of a romantic fling at the time of the accident, Matt has to take a whole new look at his life, not to mention his legacy, during a week of momentous decisions. With his girls in tow, he embarks on a haphazard search for his wife's lover. Along the way, in encounters alternately funny, troublesome and transcendent, he realizes he's finally on course toward rebuilding his life and family.

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