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‘Descendants’ screens today at MPL

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By Kelly Dolejsi

“The Descendants,” screening Thursday at Mesa Public Library, is the kind of film that smart people wish would win awards. 

It’s not sensationalistic or gratuitous. It’s not one easy laugh after another, one car chase after another, one famous person after another saying dumb, obvious things with their multi-million-dollar voices. 

And in fact, the film did win an Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for four others: Best Achievement in Directing (Alexander Payne); Best Achievement in Film Editing (Kevin Tent); Best Motion Picture; and Best Actor (George Clooney). 

Those are pretty nice kudos for a slow building plot about a self-proclaimed “back-up parent” (Matt King, played by Clooney) trying with painful-to-watch ineptness to keep his family together after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.


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