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Story

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

DVD Features

  • Dolby
  • DTS Surround Sound

Cast

George ClooneyMiles
Catherine Zeta-JonesMarylin
Geoffrey RushDonovan Donaly
Cedric the EntertainerGus Petch
Edward HerrmannRex Rexroth
Paul AdelsteinWrigley
Richard JenkinsFreddy Bender
Billy Bob ThorntonHoward D. Doyle
Julia DuffySarah Sorkin
Jonathan HadaryHeinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy
Tom AldredgeHerb Myerson
Stacey TravisBonnie Donaly
Jack KyleOllie Olerud
Irwin KeyesWheezy Joe
Judith DrakeMrs. Gutman

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Joel Coen
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 100 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 10, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12A
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 10, 2004
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