2011 · United States - Alexander Payne
The film opens with a shot of a woman riding in a sport motorboat in Hawaii shortly before the credits roll and Matt King (George Clooney) narrates. Matt is a wealthy lawyer descended from Hawaiian royalty and white missionaries. He is the sole trustee of 25,000 acres of untouched land on the island of Kaua'i, passed down from his ancestors. The trust will expire in seven years, and the family has decided to sell the land to Don Hollitzer for development. Just as the family agrees on the deal and moves to sign, Matt's wife, Elizabeth, is in a boating accident and rendered comatose. King explains how ridiculous it is that his friends on the mainland think Hawaii is a paradise when Matt has been living in a "paradise" full of UV and urination bags by her bedside. It is now clear that the woman in the opening shot is, in fact, Matt's wife.