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INTOLERABLE CRUELTY

 
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At Theaters: 10/10/2003 On Video: 2/10/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419955
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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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.
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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 anyhow.
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Cast and Crew Heading
George Clooney CONFESSIONS OF A
DANGEROUS MIND, SOLARIS
Catherine Zeta-Jones SINBAD, CHICAGO, AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS, TRAFFIC
Geoffrey Rush PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE BANGER SISTERS
Cedric The Entertainer BARBERSHOP, SERVING SARA
Edward Herrmann DOUBLE TAKE
Wri/Dir: Joel Coen THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE
Prod/Wri: Ethan Coen THE BIG LEBOWSKI
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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 Critic  Full 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.''

Roger Ebert  Full 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.''

USA TODAY  Full 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 the gags.''

TV Guide Online  Full 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.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 156 Moviegoers

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13-19Teens (M)
6
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100%
13-19Teens (F)
16
High
81%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
18
High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
21
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
38
High
89%
30+Adults (F)
57
High
88%
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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.
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