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Intolerable Cruelty (Widescreen Edition)
Intolerable Cruelty
Widescreen Edition
Actors: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     2004     1hr 40min

A woman falls in love with her ex-husband's divorce lawyer.
     
     

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Actors: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Creators: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, John H. Price, John Romano, Matthew Stone, Robert Ramsey
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Coen Brothers, Love & Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/10/2004
Original Release Date: 10/10/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 10/10/2003
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 97
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Melodee S. (Odie) from NORMAL, IL
Reviewed on 1/18/2015...
loved it !! keeping it ;)
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Rachel H. from PEARL, MS
Reviewed on 1/7/2013...
If you are in the mood for a romantic comedy, this is a good one.
Matt B. from GETZVILLE, NY
Reviewed on 4/29/2012...
Con: The writing isn't as sharp and funny as we've come to expect from Coen brothers. The pacing, though never tedious, seems clunky. The parody of romantic comdies isn't mean and bloody-minded enough. Pro: The California interiors are beautiful and lush and Zeta-Jones is extremely easy on the eye. Funny walk-on part by Billy Bob thornton and Cedric the Entertainer. Some jokes and visual asides - the shots of over-done rooms, food in massive portions, of George Grosz faces --are very funny. Overall rating: just okay.
Gayle B. from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 3/12/2012...
This movie had such good potential but ultimately did not live up to it. Great actors, but very poorly written. Just did not do anything for me.

Movie Reviews

Uneven film with a most beautiful woman
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 10/26/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I doubt that there are two more strikingly attractive actors in movies today than George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Zeta-Jones, in particular, has the kind of classic beauty that puts her right up there with the great screen legends of all time, women like Ingrid Bergman, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn, who, with their ravishing good looks and photogenic quality, came to define the ideal of female pulchritude in their time.Credit the Coen Brothers, who made "Intolerable Cruelty," with having the good sense to know what they had in these two stars and for exploiting it to the full. They have allowed the actors to play off their good looks, most especially Ms. Zeta-Jones, portraying an icy gold-digger who specializes in marrying rich men with the express purpose of taking them for everything they've got once the marriage is ended. Clooney is the first-rate divorce lawyer who finally meets his match when he falls under the spell of this strangely bewitching woman. The major joy in "Intolerable Cruelty" comes from watching these two tremendously attractive stars go at one another - be it in lust, passion or anger. Miles and Marylin are both seasoned game-players and world-class manipulators who know how to get the better of the hapless victims who stumble headlong into their paths. Unfortunately, the film itself never lives up to its promise of becoming a slashing satire on the mores of our divorce-happy society. The main reason for this is that the script often shoots too low in its tone, opting for an overly broad, slapstick approach when a slyer, subtler style is what's really called for. It's not that "Intolerable Cruelty" doesn't provide its fair share of laughs; it's just that we feel there should be a whole lot more of them given the pedigree of the film's makers and the high-powered acting of its amazingly gifted cast.In addition to Clooney and Zeta-Jones - who hit all the right notes in their playing off one another - the lineup also includes Geoffrey Rush, Billy Bob Thornton, Edward Herrmann, Richard Jenkins and Cedric the Entertainer, who steals the few scenes he's in with his manic interpretation of a private investigator who specializes in capturing wayward spouses in compromising positions.Perhaps, "Intolerable Cruelty," for all its moments of mirth and fun, simply doesn't go far enough into the realm of outrageousness to make the concept really work. The Coen Brothers, who have proven themselves masters of the absurd in the past, for some reason seem to be holding back in this film, going for the easy laugh and the easy sentiment when what we really want is for them to cut loose and go for the jugular (as Danny De Vito did with similar material in "The War of the Roses" so many years ago). Maybe Miles and Marylin need to be a little more nasty, a trifle more cutthroat in their demeanor to bring it all to life."Intolerable Cruelty" offers some hearty chuckles and some definite eye-candy in the person of Ms. Zeta-Jones, but, when all is said and done, the film is mainly just promises and not enough delivery."
The Chemistry Is Missing.
Steve Guardala | ????? | 10/26/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This film seemed to be a modern version of the romantic comedies of the 50's & 60's. it was overloaded with dialogue, some sight gags, & a few well-timed sexual references provided the laughs. George Clooney plays divorce lawyer Miles Massey who is at a crossroads in his life. Catherine Zeta Jones plays Marilyn Rexroth who is divorcing her cheating husband. The latter appears immune to the formers charms. But soon, the predictable path to the films conclusion is clearly in sight. The courtromm scenes dragged & CZJ & GC simply lacked the sexual sparks that would have made this a four star film. I give it three stars because, the supporting cast of Julia Duffy, Billy Bob Thornton, & Cedric the entertainer provided the laughs. Perhaps, Anjelina Jolie & Brad Pitt would have pulled it off?"
Coen Farce
H. Semones | Denver, CO United States | 10/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There is a point in Intolerable Cruelty where George Clooney is giving a key note speech professing his love that is long enough to make you suspect the Coen brothers have "sold out" into schmaltz. Wrong! The film, in typical Coen style, dives into as many twists and turns as is needed in a good thriller. Fortunately, the film is a comedic farce. Clooney plays Miles Massey, the most prominent divorce lawyer in southern California. A man so good at what he does he has a prenuptial contract named after him. Massey's good and he knows it. Near the beginning of the film, he and his assistant, Wrigley (Paul Adelstein), are chatting about how boring Massey's life has become while a sweating client sits between them as the client's wife describes how she was used as a sex slave. Massey is that confident of himself. And confidence is what Clooney is all about. He is simply incredible. Swaggering around like a peacock while checking to make sure his teeth are clean, Clooney gives his best performance. There is no denying his charm here. Even when he's being a prig. Enter Marylin Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a woman who's only goal is to marry a rich man, catch him in some indiscretion and divorce him for half of what he's worth. She wants to be independent she claims. Massey falls for her completely. She is his match in game-playing and confidence and he must have her. Thus sets up the Coens' romantic comedy farce. It's bizarre at times, but humorous throughout as one coincidental incident sets-up another and turns all the characters on both of their ears. This is probably their fluffiest piece ever, but highly entertaining nonetheless."