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Jan Wahl Movie Review: 'The Descendants'

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(KCBS) – Jan Wahl reviews "The Descendants," starring George Clooney and adapted from the 2007 Kaui Hart Hemmings novel and directed by Alexander Payne. Clooney plays a father, in Hawaii, who is in the midst of crisis. His wife's recent boating accident has put her in a coma, leaving him in charge of his two daughters.

From Election to Sideways, Alexander Payne makes movies with characters to connect with and care about...often bringing Oscar nominations in his wake. This time out Goorge Clooney may bring home the gold as a confused, grieving husband dealing with family trauma and trouble. He lives in what seems like paradise: as a rich man in Hawaii. But his life is constant chaos, complete with a teen and preteen daughter and conniving relatives and deceptive lovers. It all works because at the center is a guy we see as amused but serious, scared yet trying to be the grown is a performance worthy of James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Dustin Hoffman..all the every-men in the movies that made us love the movies. Four hats for The Descendents, along with a movie I'll be telling you about next week, one of the best movies of the year.

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