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* TakenOffLifeSupport: After the boating accident that left Matt's wife in a coma, her will dictates that she be taken off life support and the film explores his struggle to do so. [[Spoiler:He does so and she dies]].

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* BrakeAngrily: Matt does this when Sid (already sporting a swollen eye, courtesy of Elizabeth's father) jumps up and down on his BerserkButton.
-->''You little fuck! Do you get hit a lot?''

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* BedroomAdulteryScene: Referred to when Matt asks his wife's lover if he's ever been in their bedroom, which the man confirms


* TroublingUnchildhoodBehavior: Scottie's friend who throws parties where she shows off her father's porn stash.

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* TroublingUnchildhoodBehavior: TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Scottie's friend who throws parties where she shows off her father's porn stash.

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* ClashingCousins: Averted, while some of Matt's cousins want to sell the land and others don't, they're fairly civil about their disagreement in the meeting we see (although most of it is just covered in Matt's VoiceOver) and it's unclear if [[spoiler: Hugh]]. ultimately goes through with his threat [[spoiler: after Matt pulls out]]. or not based on his facial expressions after Matt's reply to his BewareTheNiceOnes comment.


* Freudian Excuse: The reason why Alex drinks, parties AMD hates her mother so much is because [[spoiler: she caught her mother having an affair]].

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* Freudian Excuse: FreudianExcuse: The reason why Alex drinks, parties AMD and hates her mother so much is because [[spoiler: she caught her mother having an affair]].


* BittersweetEnding

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* BittersweetEndingBittersweetEnding: Matt doesn't sell the land like his cousins and business partners want him to and they become at odds, Brian and Julie have a falling out but are implied to be reconciling and Elizabeth dies, but Matt is able to make amends with his kids Alex and Scottie.


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* Freudian Excuse: The reason why Alex drinks, parties AMD hates her mother so much is because [[spoiler: she caught her mother having an affair]].


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** Scottie tosses several lawn chairs into the swimming pool, brags about another girl growing pubic hair at school and is not afraid to pass around pictures of her mother's comatose body in the hospital around for her friends to look at.


''The Descendants'' is a 2011 dramedy film, directed by 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.

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''The Descendants'' is a 2011 dramedy film, directed by 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. No relation to ''Film/{{Descendants}}''.


* WhamLine: During a discussion with her dad about why she hates her mother even on her deathbed and why she refuses to make amends witty her, Alexandra drops this to her dad.

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* WhamLine: During a discussion with her dad father Matt about why she still hates her mother even (even on her deathbed deathbed) and why she refuses to make amends witty with her, Alexandra drops this to her dad.Matt.

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* WhamLine: During a discussion with her dad about why she hates her mother even on her deathbed and why she refuses to make amends witty her, Alexandra drops this to her dad.
-->'''Alexandra''': You don't know, do you? Dad...Mom was cheating on you!

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* KissDiss: Matt delivers this to Julie (the spouse of his wife's lover), when she and his family are all saying their goodbyes and she goes to kiss him goodbye on the check -- only for Matt to turn and kiss her goodbye directly on the lips. This leads to PostKissCatatonia between them and for Julie to suspect "something off" about her marriage.


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* TakeThatKiss: After conversing with Brian, his wife's lover, about the negative effects of his infidelity on his family and marriage, Matt kisses Brian's wife Julie goodbye as payback for what he's done and this motivates a (now) curious and suspecting Julie to confront Brian on his recent behavior due to the infidelity.



The film is Alexander Payne's first film since 2004's ''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 [[Film/{{Sideways}} last film]].


* 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.


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]].


* 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.

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