by Edward Douglas.
Filmmaker Alexander Payne has been out of the limelight for over six years when his previous movie Sideways was nominated for numerous Oscars, winning for Payne’s screenplay with regular collaborator Jim Taylor.
Now, Payne has teamed with George Clooney for The Descendants, an adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel about Hawaii-based real estate lawyer Matt King, whose wife ends up in a coma after a boating accident, which leads to him discovering she had been having an affair behind his back. With only days for his wife to live, Matt decides to find the man she was sleeping with to let him know about her condition.
Coming along for the journey that takes him to other points on the islands are his two daughters, 17-year-old Alex (Shailene Woodley from “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) and 10-year-old Scottie (newcomer Amara Miller), as well as Alex’s dim but well-meaning boyfriend (Nick Krause).
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