It may not feature angry 3D sharks, but Alexander Payne’s new film The Descendants might be a better movie. The film stars George Clooney as the “back-up” parent to two daughters. He must step up when his wife suffers a serious boating accident off of Waikiki, and then he learns the hard truth that she was cheating on him. Judging by the trailer, the flick looks to have the same strong character relationships tinged with humor and sadness as seen in Payne’s previous films.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Beau Bridges, and Robert Forster. The Descendants opens December 16th.
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Here’s the official synopsis for The Descendants:
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.