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The Descendants Parent Guide

Matt King&#;s (George Clooney) life may look like paradise. The busy lawyer living in Hawaii is married to a beautiful woman, the father of two daughters, a descendant of a prominent family that owns billions of dollars worth of land, and the controlling trustee of the wealthy estate. Perhaps there was a time when Matt may have thought so too. But it is not today.

Today is the twenty-third one he has spent sitting by his unconscious wife (Patricia Hastie), wondering if she will ever recover from the damaging head injury she sustained during a boating accident. Pulled away from the office and forced to face the possibility of life without her, Matt wonders what he will do. He is especially concerned about his children: one a head-strong, foul-mouthed teen (Shailene Woodley) with a partying problem, the other (Amara Miller) a precocious ten-year-old that enjoys shocking her peers with sexual banter and photos she has taken of her ailing mother.

Although all this seems bad, things are about to get worse. First, Matt is informed that Elizabeth will never wake up, and because of her living will the doctors have a legal obligation to remove her from life support. Second, his relatives (one played by Beau Bridges) are anxious for him to get back to work settling a real estate deal that will make them all multi-millionaires. And finally, his oldest daughter Alex spitefully confesses to knowing her mom was having an affair.

This last item is news for Matt, whose grief is suddenly swallowed up in an obsession to find his wife&#;s lover and&#; well, he&#;s not sure. All he knows is he can&#;t ask Elizabeth about it and any call to action seems better than waiting by her hospital bed.

This dysfunctional family drama, based on a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, offers some interesting character studies: A methodical man who loses all control of his life, a rebellious adolescent landed with grown-up responsibilities, a neglected child demanding attention, a tag-along teen (Nick Krause) who may not be as dumb as he appears, and a script that pivots around a woman who never utters a word. Setting the story on sun sundrenched beaches also makes a great juxtaposition for the sorrow each is experiencing. Yet, what do they learn? What does the audience learn from them?

While answers may not be in abundance, sexual expletives, crude comments and references to substance abuse are. The prevalent discussions of death and adultery don&#;t make the film a vacation destination either. Yet older viewers, who are willing to overlook the language, may find amidst this pensive feast some serious food for thought.

Directed by Alexander Payne . Starring George Clooney, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard . Running time: minutes. Theatrical release November 18, Updated July 17,

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Memorable songs and excellent casting help turn Descendants into a decidedly wicked musical romp.Read critic reviews

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Ben, the teenaged son of King Beast and Queen Belle, invites the exiled children of defeated villains to attend a prep school with the heroes' children.

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The Descendants

THE DESCENDANTS, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, unspools as if on island time, strolling barefoot on the beach with little regard to the clock. The voiceover is superfluous, and the tragic moments are rescued from the brink by humor that's sometimes too on the nose. It might be annoying, were it not for the fact that the film is also a transcendent, emotional powerhouse.

Lay the plots out on paper, and it's unbelievable how director Alexander Payne manages to cram them all in while ensuring that the movie's important moments remain authentic. Bravo! He doesn't hurry the layers as they pile on; he simply allows them to do as they will until the sum total suddenly, completely stuns. The biggest kudos belongs to the cast, who all seem to have simply decided to give themselves over to the characters. Even Clooney does away with his typical sophisticated swagger, clopping along on too-noisy flip-flops, wearing defiantly hokey Hawaiian shirts, and letting the gray settle in. It may be his most vulnerable role yet.

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Funny, moving, and beautifully acted, The Descendants captures the unpredictable messiness of life with eloquence and uncommon grace.Read critic reviews

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Native islander Matt King (George Clooney) lives with his family in Hawaii. Their world shatters when a tragic accident leaves his wife in a coma. Not only must Matt struggle with the stipulation in his wife's will that she be allowed to die with dignity, but he also faces pressure from relatives to sell their family's enormous land trust. Angry and terrified at the same time, Matt tries to be a good father to his young daughters, as they too try to cope with their mother's possible death.

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Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8Not suitable due to scary scenes and themes.
Children aged 8–10Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes and themes.
Children over the age of 10Ok for this age group.

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.

Name of movie:Descendants
Classification:PG
Consumer advice lines:Mild Themes
Length: minutes

ACCM review

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A synopsis of the story

In the magical land of Auradon, everyone lives in peace and harmony under the reign of Belle (Keegan Connor Tracy) and Beast (Dan Payne). All of the villains, including Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy), Jafar (Maz Jobrani) and Cruella de Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) have been exiled to the Island of Livevil. The Royal couples' son, Prince Ben (Mitchell Hope), is about to ascend the throne and he decrees that the descendants of the villains should be allowed to enter Auradon to attend college and be given a chance to make good with their lives. Consequently Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Jay (Booboo Stewart) and Carlos (Cameron Boyce), the children of the four most notorious villains, are chosen to come to Auradon, much to the displeasure of some.

Maleficent sees this as her opportunity to retrieve the wand from the Fairy Godmother, through her daughter Mal. The four teenagers arrive with this as their main intention, however, during their time in Auradon they start to question who they are and who they want to be. Do they have to follow in their parents' footsteps or are they their own people with the ability to make their own choices? Will they choose good or evil? The fact that Ben and Mal fall for each other may also help to sway the choice.

Themesinfo

Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

Fantasy; Magic; Witchcraft; Heroes and Villains; Good v Evil.

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

There is some violence in this movie including:

  • Jay and Carlos often play fight.
  • Carlos and Jay fight with a character in a video game.
  • Jay tries to grab the wand that's floating in space. A force sends him flying.
  • Rough play on the hockey field with boys running into each other, knocking them over.
  • A dragon breathes fire on Jay and chases after him.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:

  • The villains are scary looking characters. Maleficent has 2 black horns, an evil laugh and eyes that glow green.
  • Mal's eyes also glow green on occasion.
  • Livevil is a slum of a place and the teens all dress accordingly.
  • The four young teens travel from Livevil through a magic arch which glows yellow over the water.

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:

  • The four teens enter a museum which has waxwork characters of the villains. As they watch, Maleficent comes alive and flies up into the sky. Green lightening cracks around her, then she returns to a statue.
  • Maleficent disintegrates into a green substance and reappears in Auradon. She freezes everyone in the castle. She then changes into a large fire-breathing dragon and causes havoc.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

  • Some children in this age group could be scared by the above-mentioned scenes.

Over thirteeninfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

Nothing further of concern.

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Sexual references

There are some sexual references in this movie, including:

  • A romantic attachment between Ben and Mal see them several times go to kiss each other but don't. At the end they do kiss.

Nudity and sexual activity

Use of substances

There is some use of substances in this movie, including:

  • Mal bakes some cookies with a substance in them which casts a spell on the eater.
  • Evie sprays a substance on Charming Chad, which knocks him out.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • Some name calling such as, “jerk”.

In a nutshell

Descendants is a Disney movie which includes many of its well-known fairy story characters, both good and bad. The movie is basically a teen college romance story but holds a lot of good messages. Older children and teens are likely to enjoy this movie.

The main messages from this movie are that redemption is possible; we are who we choose to be; people should be given a second chance; and good triumphs over evil.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Not judging others by the actions of their parents.
  • Giving people a new chance.
  • Listening to your heart.
  • Making our own choices and not having to follow in our parents' footsteps if we don't agree with them.
  • Stealing things doesn't make you happy.
  • Love is not weak or ridiculous – it's amazing.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • Why did the teens think they had to prove they were evil, ruthless and malicious?
  • Why do villains wish to destroy everything that's good and beautiful?

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Throughout the movie we see numerous, up-close shots of a comatose woman lying in a hospital bed with a tracheotomy tube hooked up to her throat (we see a small amount of blood on the gauze surrounding the tube) and IVs and machines hooked up to her arms (she has bruises on her hands and her face is hallow); the woman is later seen with the tracheotomy and IVs removed and a piece of gauze (a small amount of blood is seen oozing through it) is placed on her throat over the missing flesh (she is fully comatose and non-responsive).
&#; A man explains to his teenage daughter that her comatose mother is going to be removed from life support, per her living will, and continues by saying, "We're letting her go"; the teen girl cries. A woman explains to a girl that the girl's mother is going to be removed from life support and will soon die; we see the girl cry as she is comforted by her father. A doctor explains to a man that his wife is in an irreversible coma and that her body is degenerating; the doctor implies that the woman had a living will and that he will have to remove her life support due to her poor quality of life in her current comatose state. A man asks a doctor how long a woman will live and the doctor explains that once life support is removed she will have a limited amount of time. A doctor makes a remark about "ensuring organs are okay for donation" when discussing a woman being removed from life support. A man tells a crowd of people that his comatose wife is to be removed from life support and that people need to make their final goodbyes. A man tells another man that his wife is dying, after being removed from life support. A man explains to a woman that his comatose wife will die shortly since she had been removed from life support. We see a woman applying makeup to a comatose woman, the woman asks a man (the comatose woman's husband) how she is doing, and the man explains that they are hoping for the best and "keeping the organs and kidneys healthy."
&#; An older man tells a teen boy, "I am going to hit you now," he punches the boy, the boy falls to the ground and we later see his eye swollen and it later develops into a black eye. A teen girl shouts at her comatose mother, and the girl's father shouts at the girl and appears to spank her (we do not see the actually impact); the girl is horrified and shouts at the man, asking if he had spanked her. A girl runs out of the sea and shouts at her father that something had bit her (she appears unharmed).
&#; An older man angrily accuses a man of allowing his adult daughter (the man's wife) to get in a deadly boating accident; a teen girl and teen boy shout at the older man in the man's defense. An older man shouts at a man, saying that he knows his daughter had not wanted people to "sit around and watch her spoil," in reference to her having a living will to remove life support. A man angrily whispers and shouts at his comatose wife and throws a stuffed teddy bear against a wall. A woman tearfully shouts at a woman in a coma. A teen girl shouts at her father. A man shouts at a woman, causing her to cry. A man overhears another man and a woman shouting; the woman tells the man that she and her husband were having a fight. A teen boy laughs cruelly at an elderly woman with dementia and this upsets an older man, a man and his daughter. A man shouts that a woman had been "putting lipstick on a corpse." A teen boy tells a man that his father had been killed in a drunk driving accident and that both he and the other driver had been drunk. A teen boy tells a man that the man's teen daughter will "get even worse" after her mother dies (relating to the fact that his father died in a drunk driving accident). As a man sits in his comatose wife's hospital room, we hear his voiceover say, "Urine bags, tracheotomy tubes and IVs" are now his life. A man crudely tells a woman and a man that his comatose wife was "dead" and was going to be removed from life support. We infer from a conversation between two men that one of the men had been responsible for the boating accident that put the other man's wife in a coma; the man tries to calm the husband, who is visibly upset by saying that he had almost drowned in the accident and the comatose woman's daughter runs from the room, crying. A woman instructs a girl to apologize to the woman's daughter after she explains that the girl had teased her and said that she did not want to participate in a rock climbing exercise with her because she was "afraid to fall into her buttc***k." A teen boy makes a rude joke that he wishes mentally handicapped people and the elderly "would just hurry up" and we see a man is visibly upset by the teen boy's joke. A teen girl asks her father why he wants her help to tell people that her mother is dying. A teen girl asks her father if he would punch a man when he met him, and he responds no. A teen boy asks a man if an older man frequently punches people, and the man tells the teen boy that the older man had punched him "a few times." A teen boy half-jokingly tells a man that he would place a man's genitals in a spiked bag and beat the bag. A man explains that "cancer is just as fatal" to people in Hawaii. A man tries to convince himself that his wife will make it out of a coma. A man asks a girl how her grandmother is doing and the girl explains that her grandmother is "not well" after getting an infection from stomach surgery. A man asks his daughter why she had taken photographs of her comatose mother, the girl tells the man that she is an artist and that another artist had taken photos of her mother as she was dying and the man responds that her mother is not dying, she's just very sick. We hear parts of stories that a man tells his children about their mother, including that a shark had attacked her.
&#; Throughout the movie people ask a man about the health status of his comatose wife, including: A girl asks her father if he believes her mother will be the same after she awakens from a coma and the man changes the subject without answering; a man tells the man (in front of the man's daughter), that he had been encouraged when he went to visit the comatose woman and he thought he saw her hand move and the woman's husband angrily shouts at him; a man tells a woman that his wife had been in a boating accident and that she had hit her head "a little too hard" and was now in the hospital; and relatives of the man ask how his wife is doing, offering support and saying that she is strong and will recover from the coma.
&#; A man flips through a photo album filled with photographs of his wife that's in a coma (we see photographs from different angles of the comatose woman, with a tracheotomy tube coming from her throat and in some photographs we see IVs in her arm and bruises on her face); two women (teachers) explain that the man's daughter had presented the album as a class project and that it had upset children and parents.
&#; We see a girl tossing lawn chairs into a pool. A man, his young daughter and teenage daughter watch a nature special (we do not see the TV set) as a narrator explains that evolution had killed almost all creatures from an area.

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Story

In the magical land of Auradon, everyone lives in peace and harmony under the reign of Belle (Keegan Connor Tracy) and Beast (Dan Payne). All of the villains, including Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy), Jafar (Maz Jobrani) and Cruella de Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson), have been exiled to the Island of Livevil.

The royal couple’s son, Prince Ben (Mitchell Hope), is about to ascend the throne. He decrees that the descendants of the villains should be allowed to enter Auradon to attend college and get a chance to do good with their lives. Consequently Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Jay (Booboo Stewart) and Carlos (Cameron Boyce) are chosen to come to Auradon. They’re the children of the four most notorious villains, and their arrival causes much displeasure to some residents of Auradon.

Maleficent, Mal’s mother, has long wanted to retrieve a wand from the Fairy Godmother. The four teenagers arrive in Auradon with the aim of getting the wand, but they soon start to question who they are and who they want to be. Do they have to follow in their parents’ villainous footsteps, or can they be their own people and make their own choices? Will they choose good or evil? The fact that Ben and Mal fall in love also influences their choices.

Themes

Fantasy; magic; witchcraft; heroes and villains; good versus evil

Violence

Descendants has some violence. For example:

  • Jay and Carlos often play fight.
  • Carlos and Jay fight with a character in a video game.
  • Jay tries to grab the wand that’s floating in space. A force sends him flying.
  • There’s some rough play on a hockey field. Boys run into each other and knock each other over.
  • A dragon breathes fire on Jay and chases after him.

Sexual references

Descendants has some sexual references. For example, Ben and Mal go to kiss each other several times and then stop. At the end they do kiss.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

Descendants shows some use of substances. For example:

  • Mal bakes some cookies using a substance that casts a spell on the person who eats the cookies.
  • Evie sprays a substance on Charming Chad, which knocks him out.

Nudity and sexual activity

None noted.

Product placement

None noted.

Coarse language

There is some name-calling in Descendants, including ‘jerk’.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Descendants is a Disney movie that includes many well-known fairy tale characters, both good and bad. The movie is basically a teenage college romance story, but it has a lot of positive messages. Older children and teenagers are likely to enjoy this movie.

These are the main messages from Descendants:

  • Redemption is possible.
  • We are who we choose to be.
  • People should be given a second chance.
  • Good triumphs over evil.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include:

  • not judging others by the actions of their parents
  • giving people a second chance
  • listening to your heart
  • making your own choices
  • not stealing things
  • appreciating the power of love.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues like the following:

  • Why do the teenagers think they have to prove they’re evil, ruthless and malicious?
  • Why do villains want to destroy everything that’s good and beautiful?
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