History Film / TheDescendants

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.
9th Oct '15 6:46:58 PM FuzzyBoots
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* CastingGag: A running joke during the early parts of the book is Matt expressing bewilderment at Scottie's choice of t-shirts. One of which simply features the words "Mrs Clooney".
26th Jun '15 7:59:42 AM CrazyUncleNikola
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20th May '15 5:09:23 PM nombretomado
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* AcademyAward: It won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 84th Academy Awards. Much like Alexander Payne's [[{{Sideways}} last film]].

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* AcademyAward: UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: It won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 84th Academy Awards. Much like Alexander Payne's [[{{Sideways}} last film]].
13th May '15 7:12:33 PM MinisterOfSinister
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* AlohaHawaii: Played with; although there's lots of beautiful scenery (it's still Hawaii), it mainly focuses on the people who actually live there, for whom life isn't always like what the tourists would expect.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Cousin Hugh is a friendly and nice guy (he's played by Beau Bridges). He also makes it clear that if Matt [[spoiler: doesn't sell the land, he will come after him legally]]. Matt even {{Lampshades}} this in his narration:

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* AlohaHawaii: Played with; although there's lots of beautiful scenery (it's still Hawaii), -- it ''is'' Hawaii, after all -- it mainly focuses on the people who actually live there, for whom life isn't always like what the tourists would expect.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Cousin Hugh is a friendly and nice guy (he's played by Beau Bridges).Bridges. He also makes it clear that if Matt [[spoiler: doesn't sell the land, he will come after him legally]]. Matt even {{Lampshades}} this in his narration:



* BlatantLies: Several times people comment that they're sure that Elizabeth will pull through and Matt agrees [[spoiler: even though he's been told she's being taken off life support and will die soon.]]

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* BlatantLies: Several times people comment that they're sure that Elizabeth will pull through and Matt agrees [[spoiler: agrees, even though he's been told she's being taken off life support and will die soon.]]



* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Played with; Matt angrily shouts down one of his wife's friends when she tries to justify the affair with the "she was lonely" excuse, but refuses to let Alex tarnish Scottie's image of her mother (even if it would the honest thing) and is surprising while it's suggested she did have sympathetic motives to some degree it's also made clear that her actions were still selfish and damaging to her family.

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* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Played with; with. Matt angrily shouts down one of his wife's friends when she tries to justify the affair with the "she was lonely" excuse, but refuses to let Alex tarnish Scottie's image of her mother (even mother, even if it would the honest thing) and is surprising while it's suggested she did have sympathetic motives to some degree it's also made course of action. Brian, for his part, makes it clear that he regrets the affair and considered it nothing more than a fling, and had no interest in leaving his family to run off with Elizabeth despite her actions were still selfish and damaging asking him to her family.at least once. After he comes clean about it to his wife, they have a bit of a falling-out, but it's implied they'll get past it eventually.



* ParentsAsPeople: Matt is a workaholic who is struggling to connect with his children. Elizabeth was a self-absorbed adrenaline junkie who cheated on her husband and her refusal to admit the affair caused problems with her oldest daughter. Elizabeth's father, meanwhile, is a gruff, jerkish man, and they have to keep the truth about his daughter's infidelity to her husband a secret from him because he's so old-fashioned he wouldn't be able to deal with it.

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* ParentsAsPeople: Matt is a workaholic who is struggling to connect with his children. Elizabeth was a self-absorbed adrenaline junkie who cheated on her husband and her refusal to admit the affair caused problems with her oldest daughter. Elizabeth's father, meanwhile, is a gruff, jerkish man, and they have to keep the truth about his daughter's infidelity to her husband a secret from him because he's so old-fashioned he wouldn't be able to deal with it.



* ShoutOut: At the end the family watches ''Film/MarchOfThePenguins'' together. Bonus: the scene that they are watching features Creator/MorganFreeman narrating about 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. Bonus: the scene Making it especially poignant is that they are they're watching features Creator/MorganFreeman narrating about 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...



* TheUnfairSex: {{Defied|Trope}} after we learn that Elizabeth cheated on Matt.
-->'''Kai''': Your marriage...she was lonely.
-->'''Matt''': So what, you're gonna go spouting cliches about women now? Nothing's ever a woman's fault.
* YourCheatingHeart: Elizabeth was cheating on her husband when she had her accident with a man who himself was married. She seems to have had no remorse for what she was doing (although, Matt admits their marrige was on the rocks) and wanted the man to leave his wife, but he didn't. It's implied Brian has a much better relationship with his wife than Matt and Elizabeth did.

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* TheUnfairSex: {{Defied|Trope}} after we learn that Elizabeth cheated on Matt.
-->'''Kai''': Your marriage...she was lonely.
{{Defied|Trope}}. Kai tries to cite loneliness as the cause of Elizabeth's infidelity, but Matt's having none of it.
-->'''Matt''': So what, you're gonna go spouting cliches talk to me in clichés about women now? Nothing's ever women? Nothing is ''ever'' a woman's fault.
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* YourCheatingHeart: Elizabeth was cheating on her husband when she had her accident with a man Brian Speer, who himself was married. is married himself. She seems to have had no remorse for what she was doing (although, Matt admits their marrige was on the rocks) and wanted the man Brian to leave his wife, but he didn't. It's implied wife to be with her, just as she intended to divorce Matt for the same purpose; however, Brian has a much better relationship with his wife thought of their affair as nothing more than Matt a fling, and Elizabeth did.makes it clear he had no interest in leaving his wife.
19th Apr '15 8:31:25 AM Morgenthaler
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''The Descendants'' is a 2011 dramedy film, directed by AlexanderPayne and based on a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film stars Creator/GeorgeClooney as a Hawaii based lawyer. When his wife is in a boating accident and is left in a coma, he has to care for his daughters on his own, despite knowing little about them, while fighting a breakdown when he's told his wife's living will demands she be taken off life support. When one of his daughters reveals that his wife was cheating on him, he begins a journey with his daughters (and one of his daughter's 'friends') to find the man, partially to confront him and partially to tell him he should come say goodbye before she dies.

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''The Descendants'' is a 2011 dramedy film, directed by AlexanderPayne Creator/AlexanderPayne and based on a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film stars Creator/GeorgeClooney as a Hawaii based lawyer. When his wife is in a boating accident and is left in a coma, he has to care for his daughters on his own, despite knowing little about them, while fighting a breakdown when he's told his wife's living will demands she be taken off life support. When one of his daughters reveals that his wife was cheating on him, he begins a journey with his daughters (and one of his daughter's 'friends') to find the man, partially to confront him and partially to tell him he should come say goodbye before she dies.
25th Jan '15 11:47:35 PM burstroc
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* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Alex, though the reasons for it are more complex and nuanced than in most examples of the trope.
9th Jan '15 12:33:52 PM MinisterOfSinister
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* DumbassHasAPoint: Sid tells Matt not to use retarded in a derogatory fashion. He claims to have a mentally-challenged brother (although he was lying) but he's still right.

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* DumbassHasAPoint: Sid tells Matt not to use retarded in a derogatory fashion. He claims fashion, claiming to have a mentally-challenged brother (although brother; although he was lying) but lying, he's still right.



* 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.



* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Played with; Matt angrily shouts down one of his wife's friends when she tries to justify the affair with the "she was lonely" excuse, and while it's suggested she did have sympathetic motives to some degree it's also made clear that her actions were still selfish and damaging to her family.

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* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Played with; Matt angrily shouts down one of his wife's friends when she tries to justify the affair with the "she was lonely" excuse, but refuses to let Alex tarnish Scottie's image of her mother (even if it would the honest thing) and is surprising while it's suggested she did have sympathetic motives to some degree it's also made clear that her actions were still selfish and damaging to her family.



* ParentsAsPeople: Matt is a workaholic who is struggling to connect with his children. Elizabeth was a self-absorbed adrenaline junkie who cheated on her husband and her refusal to admit the affair caused problems with her oldest daughter.

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* ParentsAsPeople: Matt is a workaholic who is struggling to connect with his children. Elizabeth was a self-absorbed adrenaline junkie who cheated on her husband and her refusal to admit the affair caused problems with her oldest daughter. Elizabeth's father, meanwhile, is a gruff, jerkish man, and they have to keep the truth about his daughter's infidelity to her husband a secret from him because he's so old-fashioned he wouldn't be able to deal with it.



--> '''Matt''': "People think I live in Paradise? Paradise can go [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] itself."



* SoundtrackDissonance: All. The. Time

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* SoundtrackDissonance: All. The. TimeTime.



* YourCheatingHeart: Elizabeth was cheating on her husband when she had her accident with a man who himself was married. She seems to have no remorse on what she's doing to either spouses though Matt points out the marrige was basically almost dead, and wants the man to leave his wife while he is reluctant to do so. It's implied he has a much better relationship with his wife than Matt and Elizabeth did.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Elizabeth was cheating on her husband when she had her accident with a man who himself was married. She seems to have had no remorse on for what she's she was doing to either spouses though (although, Matt points out the admits their marrige was basically almost dead, on the rocks) and wants wanted the man to leave his wife while wife, but he is reluctant to do so. didn't. It's implied he Brian has a much better relationship with his wife than Matt and Elizabeth did.
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