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Rated R · 115 minutes · 2011

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We gravitate to what’s new and different, so you’ll read a lot about a star in the making named Shailene Woodley in The Descendants. But make no mistake: This is in almost every way George Clooney’s film. Directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways), The Descendants delves into forgiveness across generations. Woodley plays Clooney’s hellion daughter, but as a man trying to cope with pulling the plug on his wife and dealing with the impending loss of his family’s ancestral land in Kauai, Clooney once again delivers one of those patented leading-man performances that few actors dare try anymore. He isn’t a recovering addict; he isn’t disabled; and he’s not world-famous. He doesn’t even have George Clooney’s charisma. He’s just a guy figuring out how to take the next step, even though he just wants to take a couple of steps back.


See our full review: Forgiveness Tale

Forgiveness Tale

George Clooney shines as an everyman going through emotional turmoil in 'The Descendants' »

Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/thedescendants
Director: Alexander Payne
Producer: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Cast: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Patricia Hastie, Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer and Robert Forster

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Indy Week To the end of Hawaii with George Clooney in The Descendants Director Alexander Payne—who has married and divorced since Paul Giamatti sipped wine in his last film, Sideways—now presents a character who enjoys redemption only once his wife is brain-dead and on a ventilator. by Neil Morris 12/07/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening This Week The Descendants, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and other film events around town. 11/17/2011
NUVO Review: 'The Descendants' The pain and laughter come naturally in Alexander Payne's new one, which has an exceptionally smart script, with strong acting across the board. by Ed Johnson-Ott 11/23/2011
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Creative Loafing Atlanta The Descendants rises above petty family problems George Clooney fishes for an Oscar with a lovely Hawaiian dramedy by Curt Holman 11/23/2011
Pittsburgh City Paper The Descendants A feel-good dramedy set in Hawaii and starring George Clooney by Harry Kloman 11/23/2011
Style Weekly Lei'd to Rest Clooney gets some back sass in "The Descendants." by Wayne Melton 12/06/2011
Portland Mercury Trouble in Paradise The Descendants: sad rich people in Hawaii. by Erik Henriksen 11/24/2011
The Coast Halifax Clooney works hard for The Descendants Director Alexander Payne does well by his leading man by Tara Thorne 11/24/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Coma chameleon: The Descendants A triumph for all, especially the audience. by Justin Strout 11/17/2011
East Bay Express The Descendants George Clooney and Alexander Payne catch the trade winds. by Kelly Vance 11/16/2011

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