This movie was a bust. The premise is simpleunbelievably simple, given
the length of the movie: a man's wife goes into a coma as the result of
a boating accident and he learns, via one of his daughters, that she
was having an affair. There's more to it, of course, but nothing
interesting: e.g., Clooney in voice-over tells us he's "the back up
parent," so we see a few scenes of him failing at being "Mr. Mom" and a
few scenes of him fighting with his eldest daughter. Yet, remarkably, a
half-hour into the movie the entire family is getting along so well
that they all troop off to a different Hawaiian island in search of the
mystery man Mom was having the affair with, with the oldest daughter
even playing a lead detective role.
What unfolds is hour upon hour of the family walking on beaches, driving down roads, etc., all of which culminates in a kitchen scene where Clooney confronts the man, played by Matt Lillard, about the affair. Lillard, whose acting has not deepened from his Scooby-Doo days, ensures that the scene has no dramatic impact. Then it's back to the hospital to watch Mom die.
The script is unbelievably flat-footed; its idea of humor is having children shout profanity at each other. (I'm no prude-but I'm not 12, either.) There's even an odd disconnect to the more "dramatic" scenes. Because we've never seen anyone interact with Momshe's just a corpse, lying therewe have no way of judging the believability of anyone's reaction to her death. We're simply bludgeoned by the musical score into accepting that any given scene is sad. The movie operates on a simple syllogism: the characters are crying, so you should too.
Still, judging by the audience's reaction, this movie will be a major success. I'm enough of an adult to admit when I'm odd-man-out. At each curse word, the audience roared with laughter; for each tear-jerker scene, the waterworks flowed. The Hawaiian landscape is beautifully shot, and the Hawaiian music is lovely, too. Unfortunately, I didn't pay $9.50 for a travelogue.
Action / Comedy / Drama
Action / Comedy / Drama
Matt King's family has lived in Hawaii for generations. His extended family - namely he and his many cousins - own 25,000 acres of undeveloped land on Kauai held in trust, which ends in seven years. The easiest thing for the family to do is sell the land before the seven years is up, which is all the talk in the state, as, to whom they sell the property could very well change the face of Kauai. Despite the vast wealth that comes with the land, Matt has decided to live solely on what he earns as a Honolulu lawyer. However, Matt has not had a perfect life living in Hawaiian paradise as many believe. He and his wife Elizabeth were having problems in their marriage. She recently got into a boating accident which has placed her in a coma. Their seventeen year old daughter Alex is in boarding school on the big island since they couldn't handle her rebellion, which was made all the worse by an argument of an unknown nature between mother and daughter during Alex's last visit home. And their ...
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