Intolerable Cruelty

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Universal Pictures Released 2003

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Director:
Joel Coen
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Intolerable Cruelty is a comedy directed by the Coen brothers in which a scheming lawyer finds he can't haggle his way past a woman's intuition. Miles Massey (George Clooney) is an extraordinary Los Angeles lawyer who has it made. He's got an intimidating record of wins and only serves an exclusive and wealthy clientele. He's even created a prenuptial agreement that is iron-clad, one that is now named after him. The life he has dreamed of turns out to be a bore. Meanwhile Marilyn Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has gathered enough evidence through a private detective to file for a lucrative divorce from her cheating husband, Rex (Edward Herrmann). Rex is a real estate broker and, to her mind, deserves to get cleaned out. Marilyn and Miles collide when Miles agrees to represent Rex. Despite Marilyn's apparently solid case, Miles is undefeatable. The battle pits two devious minds against one another in a winner take all fight.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Something not seen in movie theaters for a long time: an intelligent, modern screwball comedy, a minor classic on the order of competent, fast-talking curve balls about deception a...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    So clever, so funny, so suavely entertaining that it comes as a shock to realize that it's not nearly as satisfying as all those qualities would lead you to believe.

  • 70

    Variety David Rooney

    A thoroughly entertaining comedy about love, lawyers and fat divorce settlements. While a slight imbalance in the romantic formula stops it just short of truly soaring, the crackli...

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