Courtesy of the good folks at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, CultureMob is offering a special giveaway for The Descendants DVD.  Rather than summarize the plot of filmmaker Alexander Payne’s Academy Award-winning dramedy (for Best Adapted Screenplay) myself, I’ll leave that job to Fox’s official synopsis.

Based on the best-selling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki.  The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

I reviewed The Descendants HERE and found it uncommonly absorbing, the kind of compassionate, intelligent drama that we don’t see very often; in its clear-eyed-yet-unobtrusive insights about death and family, the film recalls the best of Akira Kurosawa or Hal Ashby.  Payne’s filmmaking chops have never been stronger, and Clooney delivers the best performance of an already-distinguished career.  I wasn’t shocked when the Oscars largely snubbed The Descendants (it’s far more modest and understated than the Academy’s favored blends), but I was disappointed just the same.

And I have two copies of the DVD to give away.  It’s very simple.  To qualify for the disc, email me at, put “The Descendants DVD Giveaway” in the email subject line, provide your first and last name, and correctly answer the following question.

  • Star George Clooney won an Oscar for which of the following pictures?
    a) Michael Clayton b) Syriana c) Good Night, and Good Luck

Easy-peasy.  I’m going to stop taking entries at 8 PM EST next week on Monday, March 12th, so get your answers in before then.  Only contestants within the United States and Canada are eligible, and entering the same name under multiple email addresses will get you disqualified.  P.O. box addresses will not be accepted.  If you win the giveaway and send me a P.O. box, you will be disqualified.

The two winners will be informed privately on Tuesday, March 13th.  The Descendants streets on that same date, and Fox Home Entertainment will send out giveaway copies shortly after that date.

On a related note: that same Tuesday also marks a special GoodReads group chat with The Descendants author Kaui Hart Hemmings.  If any of you read the novel or are interested in the role Ms. Hemmings played during the development of the script, you can submit questions to her through THIS LINK.  Ms. Hemmings will answer fan queries throughout the day, so make sure to keep checking the site.  Furthermore, the literary-themed social media network is also holding DVD/book bundle giveaways, meaning you can maximize your winning chances between CultureMob and GoodReads.

Good night, and good luck.

–Note: Follow Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Twitter @FoxHomeEnt.  Also, as an additional form of good luck, Fox has provided The Descendants book-to-film study guide below.

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