Alexander Payne’s poignant drama-comedy, the unforgettable masterpiece Sideways (2004), is enough to give credence to The Descendants, another drama-comedy directed and co-written by Payne and starring George Clooney, even if you haven’t seen it yet.

Based on the novel of the same title by Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants, nominated Best Picture in this year’s Oscar, is about a father (Clooney) coping with a double trauma: the sudden comatose of his wife, and then finding out that she was cheating on him. On top of the struggle of losing a brain-dead wife and unable to confront her, he also has to deal with his two difficult daughters who are alien to him, not made easy by a friend of his eldest daughter, a tactless (and hilarious) teenage boy who tags along in the family’s life changing and painful journey... (READ MORE)

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