From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning SIDEWAYS, 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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The Descendants is humane, decent, and close to real quality.David Thomson, The New Republic, 06.20.2013
One of the year's best films, a bubbly meditation on family and responsibility that weighs just enough to matter.Tom Long, Detroit News, 11.22.2011
With so many balls in the air the temptation is to rush from one plot strand to another, but Payne takes the opposite approach. He also captures the complexity of emotional reactions that grief stirs.Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 11.22.2011
This sweet, sad new film from Alexander Payne holds a promise of gentleness that is fulfilled, and a promise of complexity that isn't.Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, 01.26.2012