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George Clooney in latest trailer for Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: On the eve of Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” closing this year’s New York Film Festival, Fox Searchlight unveils the second teaser for the complicated, sentimental drama. We have it below.

The clip, though short, makes great use of George Clooney’s narration from the film’s opening, explaining that residents of Hawaii aren’t immune from life’s hardships just because they live in an island paradise.

That fact becomes painfully clear as Payne’s drama plays out, with Clooney keeping his daughters (Amara Miller, Shailene Woodley) in check as they deal with a family tragedy. The significance of the tragedy, and the reaction of Payne’s characters, are best discovered by an audience as they maneuver “The Descendants,” and this trailer does a fine job of setting up the landscape of Payne’s story without tipping its hat toward any of the film’s major reveals.

So I won’t give any of them away, either.

But here’s the trailer. And “The Descendants” opens in limited release on Nov. 18:


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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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