Juxtaposed with an idyllic Hawaii milieu, wealthy attorney Matt King (George Clooney) takes up residence in the hospital room of his wife, Elizabeth, after a boating accident leaves her comatose. As Matt and two unruly daughters, 17-year-old Alex (Shailene Woodley) and 10-year-old Scottie (Amara Miller), prepare for her death, Matt learns that she had been cheating on him with a local real estate agent (Matthew Lillard). Director Alexander Payne's deft skill at leavening adult themes with breezy humor remains in fine form. However, Matt remains largely untainted, a man without context whose problems are the apparent product of external sources. Meanwhile, the mute Elizabeth is not given a credible advocate, leaving her vulnerable to profane, unchallenged attacks from the victimized. For Matt, the only thing standing in the way of family healing—and a night spent snuggling on the sofa with his daughters—is a dead materfamilias.