2003   USA Intolerable Cruelty
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Director:Joel Coen
Studio:Universal Studios
Writer:Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone
IMDb Rating:6.4 (41,848 votes)
Awards:3 nominations
Duration:100 min
Joel Coen  ...  (Director)
Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone  ...  (Writer)
George Clooney  ...  Miles
Catherine Zeta-Jones  ...  Marylin
Geoffrey Rush  ...  Donovan Donaly
Cedric the Entertainer  ...  Gus Petch
Edward Herrmann  ...  Rex Rexroth
Paul Adelstein  ...  Wrigley
Richard Jenkins  ...  Freddy Bender
Billy Bob Thornton  ...  Howard D. Doyle
Julia Duffy  ...  Sarah Sorkin
Jonathan Hadary  ...  Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy
Tom Aldredge  ...  Herb Myerson
Stacey Travis  ...  Bonnie Donaly
Jack Kyle  ...  Ollie Olerud
Irwin Keyes  ...  Wheezy Joe
Judith Drake  ...  Mrs. Gutman
Roger Deakins  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: A sleek George Clooney and a seductive Catherine Zeta-Jones square off magnificently in the divorce comedy Intolerable Cruelty. The plot is simple: Lawyer supreme Miles Massey (Clooney, Out of Sight, Ocean's Eleven) skillfully outmaneuvers gold-digger Marylin Rexroth (Zeta-Jones, Chicago, Traffic) when she divorces her wealthy husband--and she sets out to get revenge. But this movie comes from the creative minds of the Coen Brothers (Fargo, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?), and so Intolerable Cruelty includes a Scottish wedding chapel in Vegas, an asthmatic hit man, fluffy-dog-stroking European nobility, and a legendarily unbreakable pre-nuptial agreement. Still, it's pretty restrained for the Coens; smooth and consistent, it never stumbles as disappointingly as their movies can, but also never quite hits the operatic pitch of their best work. It's still damn funny, though, with top-notch performances from the leads as well as Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer, and Billy Bob Thornton. --Bret Fetzer

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