The Descendants (film)

2011 film directed by Alexander Payne

The Descendants is a 2011 film about a Hawaiian land baron who tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Directed by Alexander Payne. Written by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Matt King

  • [voiceover] Don't be fooled by appearances. In Hawaii, some of the most powerful people look like bums and stuntmen.
  • [voiceover] Paradise? Paradise can go fuck itself.
  • I don't want my daughters growing up entitled and spoiled... but I agree with my father; you give your children enough money to do something but not enough to do nothing.
  • What is it that makes the women in my life destroy themselves?
  • [to Alex, about Brian Speer] On the phone he can escape, in person, he's got nowhere to go. I wanna see his face.
  • [to Brian Speer] Elizabeth is dying. Wait... Fuck you! And she's dying.
  • [to Elizabeth] Goodbye, Elizabeth. Goodbye, my love, my friend, my pain, my joy. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.

Alexandra King

  • Hey, Scottie! Reina's a hoe-bag and you need to stay away from her! And she's going to be a meth-head and she's gonna get used by stupid guys! She's a twat! Say it!
  • When I was over at Christmas, I caught her with the guy. It made me sick to see her near you. I went back to school thinking that that was it... that I was just done with her. I was gonna call and tell you everything, and... and then the accident happened, and... I was waiting until she woke up, I guess. You didn't even suspect. Right? Right? You disgusted me too. You're always so busy.

Scott Thorson

  • [to Matt] It's ironic, Elizabeth in this misfortune just as you come into your fortune.


Sid: [on Scott] That guy is a prick. Is he always like that?
Matt King: Yeah.

Matt King: You little fuck! Do you get hit a lot?
Sid: I don't know, I've had my share.
Matt King: [to Alex] Your friend is retarded, you know that?
Sid: Hey I've got a brother who's retarded! You don't have to get all derogatory.

Matt King: Nothing just happens!
Brian Speer: Everything just happens.

Matt King: One more question for you.
Brian Speer: Yes?
Matt King: Ever been inside my bedroom?
Brian Speer: Once.
Matt King: You could have had the decency to lie about that one.
Brian Speer: Alright, twice.


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