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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.
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.