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Alexander Payne's seriocomic THE DESCENDANTS, an adaptation of the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, stars George Clooney as Matt King, a middle-age Hawaiian who runs a trust responsible for millions of dollars worth of untouched real estate that has been passed down to him and various cousins. He is preparing to sell the area, and make millions for everyone in the trust, when his wife suffers severe head trauma during a boat race. As he attempts to get her affairs in order, he learns that she had been having an affair. With his two daughters in tow, along with his oldest daughter's doofus boyfriend, Matt sets off to confront the man who made him a cuckold. Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, and Robert Forster co-star. THE DESCENDANTS screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Phedon Papamichael - Designer/Director Of Photography/Director
Phedon Papamichail - Designer/Director Of Photography/Director
Alexander Payne - Director/Screenwriter
Brian L. Keaulana
Richard L. Fox - First Assistant Director
Patrick Cyccone Jr.
Nat Faxon - Star, BEERFEST, (2006)
Custom Film Effects
Modern Videofilm Incorporated
Kaui Hart Hemmings
Karen Iboshi Preiser
Debra L. Rego
Beau Bridges - American actor, THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (1989)
Lloyd Vernet Bridges III - American actor, THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS (1989)
George Clooney - American actor/director
Milt Kogan - Actor, ANGEL OF H.E.A.T.
Michael Ontkean - Canadian Actor
Robert Forster - American Actor/Director
Robert Foster Jr. - American Actor/Director
Laird Hamilton - Featured, STEP INTO LIQUID (2003)
Matthew Lillard - Actor/"Serial Mom"
Mary Birdsong - Actress, RENO 911
Scott Michael Morgan
Nick Krause - Actor, HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS, 2006
Grace A. Cruz
Karen Kuioka Hironaga
Tiare R. Finney
Aileen "Boo" Arnold
Barbara Lee Southern
Linda Rose Herman
Darryl K. Gonzales
Romey "Keola" Yokotake
"Alexander Payne has made his best film yet with THE DESCENDANTS....George Clooney is in very top form in a film that will connect with any audience looking for a genuine human story..." - 09/02/2011 Hollywood Reporter
5 stars out of 5 -- "[W]riter/director Alexander Payne returns in top form with this extraordinary dramedy....George Clooney has never been better..." - 09/13/2011 Box Office
"[A]n exceptionally smart and enjoyable comedy..." - 09/09/2011 Wall Street Journal
4 stars out of 4 -- "Clooney gives one of his best performances in this film....Payne is gifted at using the essence of an actor..." - 11/16/2011 Chicago Sun-Times
"[T]he film is conversational in its pathos, wry in its wisdom, very much an extension of the smart, sardonic sensibility Payne brought to SIDEWAYS and ABOUT SCHMIDT." - 11/16/2011 Los Angeles Times
"Throughout this beautifully textured portrait of a family at a crucial juncture, we're swept up and buoyed along, as if riding a series of waves in Hawaii, the setting for the film." - 11/16/2011 USA Today
"Mr. Clooney and the director, Alexander Payne, proceed to shake up our expectations....Surprising, moving and frequently very funny." - 11/18/2011 New York Times
4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] pitch-perfect movie that threads a microscopically tiny needle between high comedy and devastating drama." - 11/18/2011 Washington Post
"THE DESCENDANTS thrives primarily because of Paynes staging....the Hawaiian setting gives the story a distinctive flavor..." -- Grade: B - 11/17/2011 A.V. Club
"[A] beautifully chiseled piece of filmmaking -- sharp, funny, generous, and moving -- that writes its own rules as much as ABOUT SCHMIDT or SIDEWAYS did." -- Grade: A - 11/25/2011 Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he film plays to Payne's strengths -- not just the emotional complexity and the constantly shifting kaleidoscope of moods, but his skill at eliciting in-depth performances from his cast." - 02/01/2012 Sight and Sound
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] wry, intelligent look at the contradictions and complexities of human emotions. And the cast is exemplary, down to the smallest role." - 03/01/2012 Total Film