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The Descendants Movie Quotes

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'The Descendants' movie quotes represent the best lines from this 2011 comedy/drama starring George Clooney as Matt King, a land baron in Hawaii who struggles to connect with his daughters after his wife is critically injured in an accident. This is an Alexander Payne co-scripted and directed film, and true to form, it offers some outstanding dialogue and first-rate acting from Clooney and his co-stars, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Judy Greer, Nick Krause and Beau Bridges. Is your favorite 'Descendants' quote on this list? Vote it up - and if you see a great quote that's missing, feel free to add it.

'The Descendants' was adapted by Alexander Payne ('Sideways') from the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Matt King, father of two and husband of a cheating wife, is trying his best to keep himself together, while working to sell his family's land in Hawaii. For Oscar-watchers, 'The Descendants' is definitely a movie to keep an eye on.

The buzz was huge for the movie in general, Clooney's performance in it - and the performance of newcomer Shailene Woodley, among others. Not surprisingly, 'The Descendants' won 2012 Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor (Clooney). The movie also garnered five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Actor (Clooney) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash).

Looking for more great 2011 movie quotes? Check out these lists for the best quotes from 'J. Edgar,' the 'The Rum Diary,' 'The Ides of March,' 'Moneyball,' '50/50' and the 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.'
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    Enough Money

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    Matt King: "You give your children enough money to do something, but not enough to do nothing."

    Matt's family has big money - and while he wants to make sure his kids have enough money to realize their dreams, but not so much that they become lazy and spoiled.
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    She's Dying

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    Matt King: "Elizabeth is dying. Oh, wait, no, f**k you. Also Elizabeth is dying."

    Matt's emotions are all over the place as he finally confronts the man his wife, Elizabeth, was cheating on him with. He has to deliver the horrible news about her accident - but then he remembers who he's speaking to - and delivers a few explatives as well.
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    Don't Do That Again

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    Alexandra: "Dad this is Sid."
    Matt: "Hi Sid."
    Sid: "What's up, bro?" (hugs Matt)
    Matt: "Don't ever do that to me again."

    Matt King is about to discover the joys of parenting a teenager. And 'bro' hugs.
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    See His Face

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    Matt King: "On the phone he can escape, in person, he's got nowhere to go. I wanna see his face."

    Matt is determined to confront Elizabeth's lover, Brian Speer (Matthew Lillard). He wants to make sure he sees him in person, to make the experience real. He'll definitely get more than he bargained for when he knocks on that door...
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