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The Descendants; Grade B
George Clooney and Beau Bridges are Hawaiian? I couldn’t really buy it though I found myself repeating that question in my mind throughout the movie. Is Clooney’s performance Oscar worthy? Hard to say. He is unexpectedly adept at subtle humor. I will confess I saw this film from the second row—which is way too close—I’m sure that colors my impression. The screenplay is clever in parts, both drama and comedy, directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways, Election and About Schmidt). The story opens as Clooney’s Matt King finds his wife, Elizabeth, (Patricia Hastie) in the hospital from a boating accident. I was prepared for a long depressing story of a family dealing with the unexpected death of their mother/wife. The story unfolds differently but is difficult to explain without giving away too much. King is in the position of caring for his two daughters (though he apparently has never so much as made a PB and J sandwich) while his wife languishes in the hospital. Oh, and he learns from his older daughter (Shailene Woodley) that Elizabeth had been having an affair with a local realtor (Matthew Lillard). Surfers will recognize big-wave surfing legend Laird Hamilton as Elizabeth’s boating partner, Troy. For my money, this film will probably win more awards than it deserves but it is worth a trip to the theater.