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Review: The Descendants

For Clooney, it's all Payne, all gain
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 16, 2011
3.5 3.5 Stars

At such moments some viewers might conclude that these are only the petulant whinings of the overprivileged in a tropical paradise. Indeed, Payne and his cinematographer Phedon Papamichael often bask in the otherworldly Hawaiian sunlight, admiring the radiant landscapes. So when Matt says that you're "nuts" if you think that the beauty of the surroundings make those living there immune from misery, you think that maybe he's the one without good sense. But then Payne captures yet again with honesty and compassion the human truths we are all heir to, regardless of whose descendants we may be.

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