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The story of a fabulously successful Los Angeles divorce attorney, Miles Massey. Sated on success, he is seeking new challenges when he meets the much-divorced Marylin Rexroth, a hard-headed woman pursuing financial independence through serial matrimony. What follows is the mother of all battles of the sexes as the two square off, personally and professionally.
Romantic Comedy - While this is a romantic comedy in the screwball vein, it is also
of a rather dark and warped sensibility, probably making it most
appealing to a younger adult audience. Adult subject matter makes
the film inappropriate for children, who would be uninterested
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 5 S-words, 8 GD's, many others. SEX/NUDITY: Sexual talk and innuendo. No sex or nudity. VIOLENCE: One shooting; some brief, non-graphic instances of violence. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol drinking. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Banter, innuendo, some physical gags.
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James Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull
Review Very Good "Intolerable Cruelty is one of their (Coens) better
comedies, and, once 2003 has drawn to a close, it will likely be regarded as one
of the year's funniest motion pictures. The only intolerable cruelty associated
with this picture is reserved for those who miss the opportunity to see it.''
Review Above Average "The movie has many scenes of delicious comedy,
Clooney and Zeta-Jones play their characters perfectly in an imperfect
screenplay, and the man with the asthma puffer gets the biggest single laugh
since the hair gel in There's Something About Mary.''
Review Good "Intolerable Cruelty is a deliciously good time,
enhanced by the big-screen charisma of its two dark-eyed stars. The
drop-dead-gorgeous duo of Catherine Zeta-Jones and George Clooney are in the
classic mold of larger-than-life movie stars, something current cinema rarely
provides. Their sex appeal, considerable chemistry and strong comic timing keep
the thin story humming along cheerfully enough, despite the predictability of
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Good "...this piquant romantic comedy is both resolutely generic and
bristling with barbs that go down with a delicious fizz and leave behind a
refreshing blast of tartness. Zeta-Jones and Clooney, movie stars in the best
sense of the term, pitch their performances perfectly; in an age when performers
habitually hang onto every bit of business like pit bulls, worrying the poor,
feeble thing until someone laughs, they have the confidence to throw everything
away — lines, gestures, expressions.''
above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on
their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.
Miles Massey (George Clooney), a prominent Los Angeles divorce attorney has everything—and in some cases, two of everything. Despite his impressive client list, a formidable win record, the respect of his peers and an ironclad contract (the "Massey pre-nup") named after him, he's reached a crossroads in his life. Sated on success, boredom has set in and he's looking for new challenges.
All that changes when Miles meets his match in the devastating Marylin Rexroth (Zeta-Jones). Marylin is the soon-to-be ex-wife of his client Rex Rexroth (Edward Herrmann), a wealthy real estate developer and habitual philanderer. With the help of hard charging private investigator Gus Petch (Cedric The Entertainer), she has Rex nailed and is looking forward to the financial independence a successful divorce will bring. But thanks to Miles' considerable skills, she ends up with nothing.
Not to be outdone, Marylin schemes to get even and as part of her plan, quickly marries oil tycoon Howard Doyle (Billy Bob Thornton). Miles and his unflappable associate, Wrigley (PAUL ADELSTEIN), unwittingly dig themselves in deeper and deeper as they go head-to-head with Marylin. Underhanded tactics, deceptions and an undeniable attraction escalate as Marylin and Miles square off in this classic battle of the sexes.