The Descendents (Alexander Payne – 2011) A-

This really makes a good point for a movie that is not entertainment. It’s a process that one has to go through from the beginning to end with all its depressing lows (a ton of those) and few cheerful highs. Skillfully made and really well acted, it’s as much an understated character drama about real people as it is a road trip film. In a very weird and different way, it is similar to one of my favorite movies, “Y Tu Mama Tambien“, in the sense that we do have a road trip but by the end of it we learn so much about the characters and their motivations while watching them change, mature and reconnect.

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