Location, location, location. When it comes to dealing with broken families and the secrets that enshroud them, it makes no difference whether you live in La-La Land or blue Hawaii. Reconnecting with the family members youâ€™ve ignored or the one you never knew existed is hard in either case, even if youâ€™re Chris Pine. Yep, George Clooney, too.
While films centered around intense emotion and family dynamics are nothing new, theyâ€™re a rarity in these days of car chases, alien invasions and spandex-clad superheroes. Our contestants â€” People Like Us (2012) and The Descendants (2011) â€”are both about confronting those issues most of us would rather ignore. Both films are aimed at actual grown-ups â€” another rarity these days â€” and each looks at serious issues in distinctly different ways. […]