What Makes George Clooney Run?

The Hollywood news sites are atwitter over a brief clip from a movie coming out in December, The Descendants. The clip is more perplexing than exciting (unless you just love watching George Clooney run). The exciting part is the director; this is the first movie by Alexander Payne since Sideways.

The movie is based on the 2007 darkly humorous first novel by Hawaiian author Kaui Hart Hemmings. This line from the NYT BR’s review makes the clip more meaningful,

Matt King, a wealthy Honolulu attorney, has had a grave shock: his wife, Joanie, has been injured in a boat-racing accident and now lies in the hospital in a vegetative state. In the painful depths of this crisis, King tries to repair his relationship with his two daughters, then struggles with the revelation that before her accident his wife had been in love with another man.

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