Parents need to know that this quietly powerful George Clooney dramedy from the director of “Election” and “Sideways” careens between dark and light moments in a snap -- and some of the dark moments are really dark. Because of this heaviness and the movie's mature subject matter (death, infidelity), “The Descendants” is too much for younger teens and tweens, even though the cast prominently features a 10-year-old (who cusses) and her older teen sister (played by “The Secret Life of the American Teenager's” Shailene Woodley). There's also a fair amount of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t") and some underage drinking, including one scene in which a teen girl is caught drunk. — Common Sense Media
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