Critique of Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" Film Review by Carly Evans

An overview and critical synopsis of 2011 film "The Descendants".
# 149885 | 998 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published by on Jan 10, 2012 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper an overview and critical summary of the 2011 film "The Descendants", directed by Alexander Payne. A plot summary is given as well as some excerpts from various reviews and a list of its recent nominations.

Plot Summary

From the Paper:

"George Clooney's character is Matt King an attorney working in Honolulu. He is a family man with two children and a wife, and he functions as the trustee of a family trust controlling 20,000 plus acres of land on the neighboring island of Kaua'i.
Due to a legal quirk, the land trust is about to reach a critical turning point-- it will expire in just under 7 years. In preparation for this, Matt and the rest of the King family have decided to sell the land to a major land developer. As the deal gets closer to being finalized, an unexpected occurrence takes place-- a boating accident renders Matt's wife into a coma. Matt is left with full responsibility for his two daughters, Scottie (played by Amara Miller) and Alex (played by Shailene Woodley), from whom he has been noticeably disconnected in recent years. The chasm between King and his daughters is so marked that he even refers to himself as a "back-up parent". Problems with the children begin to surface, including social and behavioral issues with Scottie and drinking with Alex."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lane, A. (2011, November 21). The Current Cinema. Retrieved from The New Yorker:
  • Maltin, L. (2011, November 16). Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy. Retrieved from

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