Intolerable Cruelty

6.31 h 40 min2003X-RayPG-13
A slick divorce lawyer sets up an alluring golddigger in court to rescue her cheating husband, only to fall in love with her himself.
Ethan CoenJoel Coen
George ClooneyCatherine Zeta-JonesBilly Bob Thornton
English [CC]
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Geoffrey RushPaul AdelsteinStacey TravisKristin DattiloCedric The EntertainerRichard JenkinsJulia DuffyJack KyleJonathan HadaryIrwin KeyesEdward HerrmannTom AldredgeMia CottetLesley Ann WarrenKiersten Warren
Mike LobellAndrew BergmanEthan CoenBrian GrazerSean DanielJames Jacks
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Heather OReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great comedy!
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George Clooney as the egotistical attorney who finds himself bedazzled by the beautiful Zeta-Jones!
joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Can a woman who marries for money and a divorce lawyer fall in love?
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Intolerable Cruelty was a Cohen Brothers production. The movie features George Clooney as divorce lawyer Miles Massey and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Marylin Rexroth who is looking for a rich man she can marry, break up with and take his money. Due to Miles’ line of work he has a very cynical view of relationships. He’s hired by one of Marylin’s ex-husbands to represent him in their divorce and ends up liking her. That raises the question whether they can fall in love given their past.

The repartee between Clooney and Zeta-Jones is perfect. The Cohen’s of course throw in their usual quirky writing. For instance, one of the running jokes they throw in is the Massey prenuptial agreement. Several times a character signs one and then tears it up to which Miles always says, “You’re exposed.” There are some good laughs to be had as well making Intolerable Cruelty one of the Cohen Brothers’ better releases.
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Matthew GrimmReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
A Disappointment
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What does it feel like to come so close to greatness and then to have it fall away so quickly?
Thinker3Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Send-up of the divorce industry
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Can two scum-bags find love and happiness together? Apparently so, the film answers, provided that they each have enough money. This film is a send-up of the divorce industry. George Clooney is a highly successful, though sleazy divorce lawyer who has long since lost any interest in his work. Catherine Zeta-Jones is in the business of marrying for money in the expectation of juicy divorce settlements. When Clooney successfully defends her husband against a divorce settlement, she becomes intent on revenge. A large part of the fun here is that the two main characters have absolutely no illusions about each other. They each know that the other is only out for themselves and, especially, for the money. Ironically, though, they have a powerful attraction to each other—I guess it’s not always true that opposites attract. So, the film turns out to be an ironic love story about two people who are way too jaded to believe in love because they’ve spent their lives profiting from failed and phony marriages. Along the way, there are a lot of funny antics, including an Abbott and Costello type exchange in a courtroom and an hilarious private detective. All in all, the film is very entertaining. It is one of few ultimately upbeat Coen films. It’s also very underrated.
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RoCheyBertsReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
All time classic
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One of our favorite movies!! Great actors and a funny and clever story line. We have watched it several times and laugh every time.
Eric B. NorrisReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars
A grossly under-rated movie that is a lot of fun!
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I loved "Intolerable Cruelty." Maybe my expectations were lower since so many reviewers didn't like it. Or, maybe everybody else just missed it. George Clooney is perfect as a lawyer who is, shall we say, a few writs short of a full briefcase. He meets Catherine Zeta-Jones in a divorce case, and instantly and completely falls head over heels for her (and what lawyer wouldn't). Even though he knows she is going to try to get his money, he thinks he has outsmarted her and pursues her anyway. The plot twists and turns from there. But it isn't the plot that makes this movie funny, it's the little things. You've got to pay attention! For example, when George Clooney gets married, the priest lists his law firm after his name. This cracked me up. Plus, the expressions on George Clooney's face are really funny, like his role in "Brother, Where Art Thou?" The characters are all somewhat exaggerated, and this separates "Intolerable Cruelty" from your average comedy. This movie relies on a pretty brutal form of humor, in the same vein but not as rough as "The Fortune Cookie." If you're able to let go of people being nice to each other, you'll be in the right mood for "Intolerable Cruelty." I also think people who have some knowledge of legal processes, either as a lawyer or as a litigant, will find this movie funnier than people who have never experienced this particular joy. "Intolerable Cruelty" is definitely worth a look.
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Windy City BarbReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun to watch
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It's an enjoyable light comedy with good acting by George Clooney. Nothing deep or profound, just a light movie that is fun to watch.
TDReviewed in the United States on February 3, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Gorgeous People Having Fun
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Fun story to watch if you're in the mood. Geo. Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones were young and gorgeous in this one.
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