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'The Descendants' and the Diabolical Allure of the Tragicomedy

Could anything be more entertaining than watching George Clooney suffer the trials of Job in "The Descendants"? Adapted from the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, the film follows a lonely widower (Clooney) as he turns over horrible family secrets in the wake of his wife's accidental death. So why are we laughing? The art of mingling comedy with tragedy is as old as storytelling itself...