History Film / TheDescendants

19th Mar '18 7:51:39 PM hullflyer
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* MsFanservice: Alexandra spends most of the movie in bikinis, midriff tops and short shorts. Not to mention being played by Creator/ShaileneWoodley.

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* MsFanservice: Alexandra spends most of the movie in bikinis, midriff tops and short shorts.shorts (though the warm tropical location at least partially justifies this). Not to mention being played by Creator/ShaileneWoodley.
25th Feb '18 9:51:25 PM nombretomado
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The film is Alexander Payne's first film since 2004's ''{{Sideways}}'' and has been extremely well received by critics, with particular praise given to Clooney's performance and the Oscar-winning screenplay (co-written by [[Series/{{Community}} Jim Rash]], [[HiddenDepths who knew?]]).

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The film is Alexander Payne's first film since 2004's ''{{Sideways}}'' ''Film/{{Sideways}}'' and has been extremely well received by critics, with particular praise given to Clooney's performance and the Oscar-winning screenplay (co-written by [[Series/{{Community}} Jim Rash]], [[HiddenDepths who knew?]]).



* UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: It won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 84th Academy Awards. Much like Alexander Payne's [[{{Sideways}} last film]].

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* UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: It won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 84th Academy Awards. Much like Alexander Payne's [[{{Sideways}} [[Film/{{Sideways}} last film]].
22nd Feb '18 12:54:16 PM AceMerrill
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* BrokenPedestal: Alex had hers broken when she caught her mother with Matt. She confronted Elizabeth about it, and she then tried to deny it.

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* BrokenPedestal: Alex had hers broken when she caught her mother with cheating on Matt. She confronted Elizabeth about it, and she then tried to deny it.
14th Feb '18 9:41:10 AM theknack101
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14th Feb '18 9:30:41 AM theknack101
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* NoHuggingNoKissing: Sid is probably Alex's boyfriend, but she never refers to him as more than just a friend within the movie. On one hand, they spend a lot of time together during the movie with Sid coming along for much of the adventure, on the other, the most they do is hug.
6th Dec '17 10:24:19 PM DrOO7
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* HiddenDepths: Alex comes off as a typical bratty, rebellious daughter for the first half-hour, with little care to her mother's plight. Then we learn it's because she caught her mother sleeping with another man and was disgusted at how her mother threw the family away while denying the whole thing. Sid may be a deadbeat, but he's spot on about Elizabeth's father being a jerk, and seems to sober up as the film goes on.

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* HiddenDepths: Alex comes off as a typical bratty, rebellious daughter for the first half-hour, with little care to her mother's plight. Then we learn it's because she caught her mother sleeping with another man and was disgusted at how her mother threw the family away while denying the whole thing. thing.
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Sid may be a deadbeat, but he's spot on about Elizabeth's father being a jerk, and seems to sober up as the film goes on.on. There's also the bit where he confided in Matt that his father was killed by a drunk driver, and that adding insult to injury, his father was drunk also, meaning he has a pretty good idea what Alex is going through.
21st Sep '16 4:24:15 AM fearlessnikki
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* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Alex, though the reasons for it are more complex and nuanced than in most examples of the trope.
* BrutalHonesty: [[spoiler: Matt asks Brian if he's ever been in Matt's bedroom during the affair with Elizabeth. When Matt says he has once, Matt tells him he should've lied. Brian then corrects himself: "Alright, twice."]]

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* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Alex, though the reasons for it are more complex Alex appears to be this but then it's revealed that her problems partly come from knowing that her mother was having an affair.
* BrokenPedestal: Alex had hers broken when she caught her mother with Matt. She confronted Elizabeth about it,
and nuanced than in most examples of the trope.
she then tried to deny it.
* BrutalHonesty: BrutalHonesty:
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[[spoiler: Matt asks Brian if he's ever been in Matt's bedroom during the affair with Elizabeth. When Matt says he has once, Matt tells him he should've lied. Brian then corrects himself: "Alright, twice."]]



* MsFanservice: Alexandra.

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* MaybeEverAfter: It's left open whether Julie and Brian will be able to move past the affair.
* MsFanservice: Alexandra.Alexandra spends most of the movie in bikinis, midriff tops and short shorts. Not to mention being played by Creator/ShaileneWoodley.



* SceneryPorn: Even the most basic shots are gorgeous to look at. It is Hawaii after all. (Subverted in the opening montage, with various shots of what living in Hawaii can look like.)

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* SceneryPorn: Even the most basic shots are gorgeous to look at. It is Hawaii after all. (Subverted Subverted in the opening montage, with various shots of what living in Hawaii can look like.)


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* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Matt is implied to have been so busy with work that he didn't have much time for his two daughters. As such, when Elizabeth is left comatose, he struggles to relate to both of them.
18th Aug '16 7:31:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShoutOut: At the end the family watches ''Film/MarchOfThePenguins'' together. Making it especially poignant is that they're watching Creator/MorganFreeman discussing how Antarctica was once a tropical paradise, and slowly moved south and became covered in ice as the tectonic plates shifted. Matt and his kids live in the tropical paradise of {{Hawaii}}. Nothing lasts forever...

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* ShoutOut: At the end the family watches ''Film/MarchOfThePenguins'' together. Making it especially poignant is that they're watching Creator/MorganFreeman discussing how Antarctica was once a tropical paradise, and slowly moved south and became covered in ice as the tectonic plates shifted. Matt and his kids live in the tropical paradise of {{Hawaii}}.UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}. Nothing lasts forever...
14th Jun '16 3:11:07 AM DoctorNemesis
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* EasilyForgiven: One could argue Elizabeth gets off pretty easy given that she was evidently willing to cast her husband and daughters aside and tried to seduce a married man away from ''his'' family. Although her actions and motivations are framed with an appropriately reproachful attitude, her death causes the film to treat them as in the past, and ultimately the movie ends with Matt bidding her a fond farewell. Possibly justified, since Elizabeth spends pretty much the entire movie slowly dying in an irreversible coma and most of the characters only learn of what she did and planned after this, meaning that there's not really a lot anyone can actually do about it or do to her which is worse than her current situation. The only healthy option is to come to terms with it, forgive her and move on.

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* EasilyForgiven: One could argue Elizabeth gets off pretty easy given that she was evidently willing to cast her husband and daughters aside and tried to seduce a married man away from ''his'' family. Although her actions and motivations are framed with an appropriately reproachful attitude, her death causes the film to treat them as in the past, and ultimately the movie ends with Matt bidding her a fond farewell. Possibly justified, since Elizabeth On the other hand, 'gets off pretty easy' is a fairly relative claim seeing as [[LaserGuidedKarma she spends pretty much the entire movie slowly dying in an irreversible coma and most with no hope of recovery]]; since the characters only learn of what she did and planned after this, meaning that and since there's not really a lot anyone nothing else they can actually do about it or do to her which is worse than her current situation. The what has already happened to her, the only healthy option for them is to come to terms make their peace with it, forgive her it and move on.
14th Jun '16 3:03:32 AM DoctorNemesis
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* EasilyForgiven: One could argue Elizabeth gets off pretty easy given that she was evidently willing to cast her husband and daughters aside and tried to seduce a married man away from ''his'' family. Although her actions and motivations are framed with an appropriately reproachful attitude, her death causes the film to treat them as in the past, and ultimately the movie ends with Matt bidding her a fond farewell.

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* EasilyForgiven: One could argue Elizabeth gets off pretty easy given that she was evidently willing to cast her husband and daughters aside and tried to seduce a married man away from ''his'' family. Although her actions and motivations are framed with an appropriately reproachful attitude, her death causes the film to treat them as in the past, and ultimately the movie ends with Matt bidding her a fond farewell. Possibly justified, since Elizabeth spends pretty much the entire movie slowly dying in an irreversible coma and most of the characters only learn of what she did and planned after this, meaning that there's not really a lot anyone can actually do about it or do to her which is worse than her current situation. The only healthy option is to come to terms with it, forgive her and move on.
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