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Intolerable Cruelty (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

George Clooney , Catherine Zeta-Jones , Joel Coen  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Billy Bob Thornton, Cedric the Entertainer
  • Directors: Joel Coen
  • Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone
  • Producers: Ethan Coen, Brian Grazer
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMET
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    It's comic gold as two of Hollywood's most dazzling stars - George Clooney and Academy Award-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones - light up the screen in Intolerable Cruelty, a hilarious romantic comedy about men, women, and everything that can go wrong between them. Sparks fly when brilliant divorce attorney Miles Massey (Clooney) meets his match in the beautiful but ruthless Marylin Rexroth (Zeta-Jones). From Academy Award-winning directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Fargo; O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Intolerable Cruelty also stars multi-talented Billy Bob Thornton and outrageous Cedric The Entertainer.

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    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Coen Farce October 8, 2003
    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.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Friends don't let friends miss Coen Brothers' films... February 23, 2004
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    Intolerable Cruelty has to be the funniest film I've seen all year! Fans of the Coen Brothers will instantly love this fast paced, witty and surreal piece of cinematic genius, brilliantly directed, fantastically scripted and incredibly intelligent. While the idea of Clooney and Zeta-Jones fogging up the screen in a romantic comedy turned me off so much that I missed this in the cinema, now I've seen it I can't believe I had so little faith in Joel and Ethan. The Coen's didn't write the story, so this is sadly no Big Lebowski or Fargo, and some of the characters are a tad unsubtle (Cedric the Entertainer's private dick, the half-dead head lawyer and Clooney's sidekick come to mind) but they did have a hand in the screenplay, and therefore the dialogue sparkles with the typical Coen shine. I think the best scene for this is during Zeta-Jones' first divorce, as Clooney, his sidekick and this Client, in strained whispers, discuss their experience with the Judge ("Have you sat before this Judge before?","No, the Judge sits first..."). The cockpit scenes in Airport spring to mind...
    The plot wriggles and squirms, involves and discards without ever falling into the trap of becoming too slow, sentimental or boring and various recurring jokes and camera shots from other Coen brothers movies will keep the viewer entertained even after the6th or 7th run through. The only thing that becomes stale is Zeta-Jones' lack of acting ability, but she's so drop-dead gorgeous that it doesn't really matter.
    Definitely one to buy, treasure and make sure your friends see!
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    61 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars uneven film with a most beautiful woman October 25, 2003
    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.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great lighthearted comedy from Coen brothers August 8, 2003
    I saw a test screening of "Intolerable Cruelty" last Spring and am impatiently awaiting the opportunity to see it again. For many years I've been a devotee of the Coen brothers' work and this is a welcome addition to their filmography. "Intolerable Cruelty" has elements which remind me of many of their previous films. This despite the fact that "Intolerable Cruelty" is the first production for which they did not write the screenplay. I don't blame them for this, its a fantastic script. The dialogue immediately struck me as having the extra wit, style, and layeres of subtlety common to Big Lebowski, and O Brother Where Art Thou?
    The Los Angeles setting and eclectic characters is reminiscent of Lebowski. However, Clooney's character, a prominent divorce attorney spews gab like Ulysses Everitt McGill, only with better credentials. Intolerable Cruelty, despite its title, is also much lighter than anything else by the Coens- except perhaps Hudsucker Proxy. Lighthearted even with much of the storyline devoted to social climbing wives and fidelity-impaired husbands.
    The entire cast gives wonderful performances. Catherine Zeta-Jones has regained her title as sexiest woman in my world after her femme-fatale performance here. Clooney is perfect for his fast-talking part. Billy Bob, Geoffrey Rush, and Cedric the Entertainer all have memorable minor parts. Paul Adelstein is great as Clooney's understudy sidekick.
    Intolerable Cruelty is not perhaps a troubling, deep cinematic masterpiece on the order of Miller's Crossing or Fargo. But it is a fantastic comedy with many instantly quotable lines ("You fascinate me") and subtely worth repeated viewings. With its big name cast this film is likely to once again return the Coen brothers to mainstream prominence. A most welcome prospect for such a strong film.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars nice movie
    I believe that the movies was fun, so I can see Catherine zeta jones beautiful and so gourdious in every single scence.
    Published 5 days ago by Ernesto E.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
    Funny, embedded puns, derivative--a good watch. These guys have a great sense of slapstick, timing, humor, etc. good way to spend an evening.
    Published 1 month ago by Jeanne M. McNett
    4.0 out of 5 stars When Coen brothers decided to turn a romantic comedy the result was...
    I liked this "romantic black comedy" and my wife liked it even more. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Maciej
    5.0 out of 5 stars Clooney and Zeta-Jones a must see
    I had seen this movie several years ago but decided to show it at a party. The group loved it! Clooney and Zeta-Jones have great on screen chemistry and presence. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Russell Orange
    5.0 out of 5 stars Coen Bros do it again
    Great stuff--more Coen Bros magic. Clooney is a marvel. And then there is Ms Zeta-Jones *sigh* Nice work all around...though I have not really figured out the title.
    Published 2 months ago by Bob Walters
    1.0 out of 5 stars Did George Clooney just need the money?
    This was a terrible movie. The acting was bad, the story was bad, and the jokes weren't funny. Not worth the money.
    Published 2 months ago by bookstars
    5.0 out of 5 stars I could watch this movie over and over, in fact, I have.
    The famous Miles Massey Pre-Nup! George Clooney is SO funny. Billy Bob Thornton and Catherine Zeta-Jones are hilarious too, not to mention Cedric the Entertainer as Gus Petch "You... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by hollypark
    5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
    I never get tired of watching this movie! Two of the most beautiful people in film! It is a must for your collection!
    Published 3 months ago by Ashley Stephens
    3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a nonsensical farce
    Clooney and Zeta-Jones were at their physical peaks in this 2003 Coen Brothers vehicle. But this movie is lacking for a Coen production. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Brad Smith
    3.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Purchase Previewly Viewed Movies
    Great movie, bad disc. Purchased this "previously viewed" DVD and I got what I paid for. Skips, scratches, etc. Not worth the aggravation. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Jean Lynn
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