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 slept with his wife.
Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, and Robert Forster co-star. "The Descendants" screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was named the Best Movie for Grown-Ups at the 2012 AARP Magazine Awards.
It was also nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Clooney), Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Film Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
At the Golden Globe Awards, the film took home the Best Motion Picture Drama prize and a Best Actor award.