I saw this a few years back
The story is set in Hawaii with Matthew King getting news that his wife Elizabeth King is in a coma. She was hurt in a boating accident with severe trauma to the head. Their marriage had been so distant, she could have been almost considered his wife. He focused on work while she tended to their family. The tragedy happens right as Matt’s family is focused on getting rid or keeping precious land left to them by an ancestor who was part of the Hawaiian royal family. Matthew decides that when his wife wakes up that he’ll be the husband and father that he always needed to be for his family. His youngest daughter Scottie is ten years old and he tries his best to shelter her from the heartache of having such a thing happen to her mother. His oldest daughter Alex is in boarding school mainly due to her awful behavior and drinking problems.
He travels to pick her up from boarding school on the Big Island to find her drunk and extremely rude. When she sobers up she claims she made one mistake and had been doing well for the most part. Though it later becomes obvious that she is a bad influence for her little sister Scottie even though she doesn’t realize it at first. She also has issues with her mother as she caught her having an affair with a man and she tells her father about it after the accident. Regardless of how either two of them feel about Elizabeth King, their choice will be important when things don’t look terribly great. And they must inform family members and mourn in their own ways.
I actually liked The Descendants far more than I expected. I’m not surprised it was nominated for several categories at the Oscars for the year of 2011, but I’m also not shocked that it lost Best Picture and George Clooney did not win Best Actor either. As she gets older I’m curious to see what kind of roles Shailene Woodley will get. Everything I remember Shailene Woodley in has always been a character that can be described as “some teenager with problems” and I hope she gets something far more notable. I’m always impressed when actors or actresses play many different roles instead of playing a slightly different version of themselves.